Independents’ Day (2016)

indepDirector: Laura Beth Love

Writer: Geoff Meed (Screenplay)

Starring: Fay Gauthier, Sal Landi, Johnny Rey Diaz, Matthew Riley, Jon Edwin Wright, Jude Lanston, Jacquelin Arroyo

 

Plot: Aliens invade, this time delivering a clear ultimatum. The fate of humanity hangs in the balance as the U.S. President and citizens decide if these aliens are to be trusted …or feared.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Cheap n Simple

 

Story: Independents’ Day starts as aliens come to Earth and President Raney (Gauthier) has to be protected, as we wait to see if they are friend or foe. As we see destruction happen the aliens leave a simple message they are here for peace but will take out anything that could be used as a form of attack against them.

When the President witnesses the miracles that the aliens can offer she does learn that the attacks from a group known as First Earth could cause the tension to grow or is that what the aliens actually want?

Independents’ Day is a simple rip off of the good Independence Day because even the Asylum couldn’t find a way to take advantage of the mess that is Resurgence. I will say the slightly twist to the story works really well having the aliens come in as friendly only to find out the truth is shocking and most of all scary. I do think the story doesn’t get overcomplicated which is a big plus because that is why Resurgence becomes complicated.

 

Actor Review

 

Fay Gauthier: President Raney has to make the right decision on how the handle the aliens who have come to Earth, with them starting to attack they offer a chance for freedom but are they really all about this? Fay is solid without really excelling here but the truth is no one really stands out.

Sal Landi: General Roundtree is the first person the President turns to whenever needing advice and loyal until the end. Sal is solid enough for the role.

Johnny Rey Diaz: Captain Goddard is another member of the cabinet help the President make all the correct decisions. Johnny much like the rest is solid enough in this role.

Support Cast: Independents’ Day has a small supporting cast which at times gets lightly confusing because all of the ranks involved but otherwise no one stands out too much.

Director Review: Laura Beth LoveLaura does a solid job making an easy to watch Independence Day movie making it the only one worth watching.

 

Action: Independents’ Day has simple action throughout without being anything special.

Sci-Fi: Independents’ Day puts us into an alien invasion style film which is easy to follow.

Settings: Independents’ Day keeps the settings simple and doesn’t use any stand-out landmarks.
Special Effects
: Independents’ Day ha a low budget which means you know the effects are going to be cheap throughout.

Suggestion: Independents’ Day is one you should watch before Resurgence because it is a lot easier to follow. (Watch Instead of Resurgence)

 

Best Part: Slight spin on the invasion angle.

Worst Part: Certain special effects look very cheap.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $500,000

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

Tagline: The revolution begins, again!

 

Overall: Easy to follow and blows Resurgence out the water.

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Top 5 Favourite Supporting Sitcom Characters

Sitcoms are something that always get people talking with so many coming and going with a blink of an eye. I only watch a few shows with most not being around anymore so today I am going to look at my favourite supporting characters in sitcoms. Most of the characters on this list will have been in most of the episodes in the run too. I am starting with an honourable mention of Marshall Ericksen from How I Met Your Mother who gets the serious moments the Barney character doesn’t get often enough.

5. Linda – Beckerlinda

Linda is the nurse working in Becker’s office, she comes off very dumb and always has an excuse when she gets caught in the middle of something she shouldn’t be doing. The fact I watched nearly every single episode of Becker shows just how enjoyable this Ted Danson led comedy was.

4. Stuart Bondek – Spin Citystuart

Stuart is one of the members of the Mayor’s office who comes off as a pervert who is good at his job, one of the on running jokes is how he can’t work with woman and his friendship with gay Carter and married Paul always give the show extra laughs.

3. Woody Boyd – Cheerswoody

Woody is the only character on this list that joined his show late after the tragic death of Coach, his introduction is perfect and he works with the rest of the cast with his simple mind in the quick witted bar environment. He never takes anything said too serious and the deadpan delivery of the lines which get all the laughs.

2. Dr Perry Cox – Scrubscox

Dr Cox is the reluctant mentor to JD who is one of the most sarcastic characters you will ever see in sitcom, he has a serious job and uses his comments to help him through the everyday life. He is also involved in the most serious episode which will bring a tear to your eye too.

1.       Niles Crane – Frasierniles

Niles is the brother of Frasier who is also a therapist that has a wife we never meet and only hear about her quirks. He falls instantly in love with Daphne which leads to the funniest moments in the show when he hears different lines and his own silent moments steal the show in this sitcom.