One of the lesser talked about trends in cinema in 2016 is Hollywood’s apparent wish to destroy the British capital with every film.
First we had Gerard Butler’s rubbish action sequel London Has Fallen, in which the capital was befallen by a series of increasingly bombastic terrorist attacks, and then Jackie Chan blew up a bus on Lambeth Bridge, causing mass panic.
It seems the producers of Independence Day: Resurgence, not content with demolishing their own US landmarks in the 1996 original, have turned their attention towards the UK, as the capital takes a beating from an alien force in a new trailer.
It looks to be your typical, special effects driven blockbuster fare, with a mantra of “bigger is better”.
While the CGI looks impressive, and some of the set pieces will no doubt look spectacular on the big screens of your local multiplex, we’re guessing the usual ham-fisted summer blockbuster dialogue (“It’s touched down over the Atlantic!” “Which part?” “All of it!”) is going to stop us from being able to take the film too seriously.
Still, it’ll no doubt reign destruction on the box office, smashing targets and recouping so much money it could probably demolish and rebuild the entirety of London for real.
It’s being directed by the master of smashy smashy cinema Roland Emmerich, who also helmed the first film, and returning cast members include Jeff Goldblum, Bill Paxton, Judd Hirsch and Vivica A Fox.
“When I read the script, I couldn’t understand what was going on, I just couldn’t understand it. Seriously. A lot of the people from the original one were not going to be doing it, and I read it and I just thought, ‘No. I can’t. I just can’t.’”
We’ll hold off judgement until we’ve seen it all ourselves, but Hollywood and its recent penchant for blowing up good ol’ Blighty is yet to turn out a decent result.
Independence Day: Resurgence is set for release on June 23