Oscars, it may not win — we won’t discount sound design, and/or sound editing — but it shall win the hearts of millions worldwide, as it provides the follow-up to a beloved “event picture” from a better time. For serious, y’all, 1996 was perfect compared to 2016. There were no smart phones, but that’s what made ID4 such an event. It was an analog experience. Buying advanced tickets meant going to the theater, and paying in person. Roland Emmerich laid the cheese on thick, but damn, those VFX! THOSE. FX. Now, we’re ready for the return. Let’s do it!
10. It Has Been 20 Years
As mentioned, it has been 20 years since the aliens from Independence Day first attacked earth. As far as alien invasions are concerned, this is one of the better options for genre enthusiasts. The aliens were definitively hostile, looked pretty bad ass, and rocked some serious technology. The creative minds behind the first had talked about a sequel for years, hoping Will Smith might take initiative to champion the effort. Alas, that never happened. Even so, there’s something to be said for 10 year spans, and when a couple have gone by, people get nostalgic, even studios. Additionally, there was mad cash to make bringing back a story line that boasts legions of fans. We’re a little bummed Mae Whitman won’t return to play President Whitmore’s daughter, but at least we get several of the A-listers who made the first science-fantasy-adventure a popcorn munch-fest.http://www.hitfix.com/motion-captured/what-does-it-say-about-fox-that-they-recast-mae-whitman-in-independence-day-2 Via hitfix.com