I’m going to open this article by being completely honest; I am not a fan of Independence Day. The film has never really done anything for me, as it just feels like a standard alien invasion movie, with a heavy cheese factor. However, I have a number of movies I like for their cheesiness (if that’s a word), so I can understand his appeal. (He doesn’t speak for us all! – Ed)
However, I have to admit, I think this trailer looks interesting. I like the idea of the aliens returning, but Earth has prepared for this. I like that the Earth looks radically different to our own, and that we have reversed engineered their technology. All in all, it is an intriguing premise.
However, one thing stands out about this trailer, and that is the very notable absence of Will Smith. While the trailer did not give us any hints towards what happened to Smith’s character of Hiller, the film’s website had a fake news article on his fate. The article read, “While test piloting the ESD’s first alien hybrid fighter, an unknown malfunction causes the untimely death of Col. Hiller. Hiller’s valour in the War of ‘96 made him a beloved global icon whose selfless assault against the alien mothership lead directly to the enemy’s defeat. He is survived by his wife Jasmine and son Dylan”.
I have to admit, making this film without Will Smith does strike me as somewhat of a strange move, and the fact that he has passed on in such a basic way confuses me. However, the film still does intrigue me regardless. Here’s hoping it can deliver an interesting experience.