Dir. Roland Emmerich
Two decades was apparently long enough for the aggressive aliens of the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day to regroup and mount a second offensive. In June 2016, filmmaker Roland Emmerich takes audiences back to the world he established twenty years ago with a new lead. With Will Smith not returning, Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games franchise) steps up to the plate to lead the film as Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox, Judd Hirsch, and Brent Spiner return to lend familiar faces to the most-recent, non-Avenger alien threat. While the first film saw a huge financial return, will the sequel repeat such a return? It’s not like Independence Day didn’t inspire countless mind-numbing, sci-fi blockbusters between 1996 and the present.