First INDEPENDENCE DAY 2 Trailer Delivers Massive Scale Propatainment? Entertanda? Let's Blow Shit Up And Shout Yay, America!

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First INDEPENDENCE DAY 2 Trailer Delivers Massive Scale Propatainment? Entertanda? Let's Blow Shit Up And Shout Yay, America!
Roland Emmerich's 1996 blockbuster Independence Day was, if we're being honest, as dumb as a bag of rocks while also very, very smart about the particulars of its stupidity. A big, glossy package of "Yay, us!" escapism it was designed purely to tickle the pleasure centers of its audience both in terms of pure spectacle and in terms of giving the American audience reasons to feel good about themselves in turbulent political times. The Oklahoma City bombing had taken place the year before, as had the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin - thus derailing the Israeli peace process - and the apocalyptic Aum cult had launched Sarin gas attacks on the Tokyo subway system. Things were, to put it mildly, kind of messed up and sick of the nuances of actual real world politics the masses wanted an enemy that they could turn to unequivocally and say, "Fuck you! We're gonna kick your ass!" And Emmerich gave them that enemy. And then kicked its ass.

Well, politics are kind of messed up once again and while the politicians are now playing the same game that Emmerich was playing with his film - hello, Donald Trump - to similar results - seriously, what the hell are you people thinking? - the big screen is all primed for a bit of "Yay, us!" rah rah once again. Cue the trailer for Independence Day: Resurgence.

We always knew they were coming back. After INDEPENDENCE DAY redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens' advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.
Saving the world has gotten a whole lot whiter this time out and the politics are certainly no more subtle than the first time out but, yep, they've got the spectacle bit down pat, Jeff Goldblum still knows his way around a one liner, and Bill Pullman looks kind of fabulous all grizzled and gray. Check out the trailer below.
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Michael LangDecember 14, 2015 5:15 PM

Todd take your meds.

TAPIT DRIvERDecember 14, 2015 5:43 PM

Lol. Thanks for the grin. General Todd is at it again.

Todd BrownDecember 14, 2015 9:28 PM

At what? Pointing out the flagrant Manifest Destiny in a franchise that not once but TWICE now has built its story around exporting the American national holiday as a global event? Seriously, listen to the voice over. We call out China, Russia, Japan, etc for doing stuff half as flagrant as this all the time. It's total American rah-rah and it's totally why the first one worked: Because America at the time needed someone to tell them they were still awesome and the rest of the world got to watch shit blow up and laugh at how silly the Americans were.

Tee ReedDecember 14, 2015 11:30 PM

The problem is that Emerich has been trying to get this made for almost a decade. You are making it sound like they chose this period in history to make this movie. Not to mention Roland Emerich is German...not American.

Marcel SamsonDecember 15, 2015 6:00 AM

And we non americans still laugh, so don't worry ;).

Don't take silly movies like this too serious!

Todd BrownDecember 15, 2015 9:14 AM

Oh, I'm not American, either. And I'm totally laughing.

Todd BrownDecember 15, 2015 9:15 AM

Emmerich aint payin' the bills. And he's a commercial (and commercials) director who has built his entire career on pandering to his audience. The man knows EXACTLY what he's doing and is damn good at it.

TAPIT DRIvERDecember 15, 2015 4:38 PM

I get it. You hate America. Understood general.

Todd BrownDecember 15, 2015 5:10 PM

I love how your only options are blind devotion or outright hatred. God forbid any gradation between the two.

TAPIT DRIvERDecember 15, 2015 5:23 PM

What the hell are you talking about you liberal ninny?

Todd BrownDecember 15, 2015 5:36 PM

You're such a big bundle of stereotypes, it's just lovely.

TAPIT DRIvERDecember 15, 2015 5:44 PM

Whatever you say General Todd. Its your sandbox. And just what great country do you hail from? Canada?

Todd BrownDecember 15, 2015 5:46 PM

There's a big world outside of Alabama, Shane. You should explore it some.

TAPIT DRIvERDecember 15, 2015 6:02 PM

You think you scare me Todd? You stalking me boy?

Todd BrownDecember 15, 2015 6:04 PM

Say it again with the accent. That's the only way this could get better.

TAPIT DRIvERDecember 15, 2015 6:08 PM

Dont have one. We dont all sound like Jethro. But hey,if stereotypes are your thing, I could mosey on up some vittles and we could have ourselves a hoot and holler.

Todd BrownDecember 15, 2015 6:14 PM

I've been known to enjoy a good hoot.

TAPIT DRIvERDecember 15, 2015 8:14 PM

You're the best, General.

Mr. CavinDecember 16, 2015 5:21 AM

Dude, that's not cool.

BosDecember 16, 2015 7:02 AM

WOW this looks the more generic movie ever.
You can name it Indipendence Day 2, Battle Los Angeles 2, Skyline 2, and still be right about it.....

i'll pass