2016 is ramping up to be a year loaded with sequels. Some cater to decades-old favorites, while others try to reboot beloved series.
‘Independence Day: Resurgence’
I must admit that I’ve never been a big fan of ‘Independence Day’. Don’t get me wrong, I like it fine enough, but I’ve never thought it more than decent popcorn entertainment. The preview for the sequel, on the other hand, has piqued my interest, mostly because the trailer is well made with highly dramatic musical cues and quick glimpses of the action that seem intense – minus that one shot that appears to have been ripped from ‘Starship Troopers’. Many of the original cast reprise their roles while also bringing in Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe and William Fichtner to assist in the second fight for human survival. I’ll more than likely watch this in the cinema this summer.
‘Star Trek Beyond’
The crew of the Starship Enterprise returns with another adventure into the deepest, darkest reaches of space, and apparently Justin Lin of ‘Fast & Furious’ has been hired as its new pilot. From the looks of things, this third installment to the reboot series of the beloved franchise doesn’t look or feel anything like a true ‘Star Trek’ feature. After the lukewarm reception of the last sequel, you’d think the filmmakers would try being true to the franchise for a change, but it doesn’t seem that way according to the trailer. Of most interest is the fact that Simon Pegg co-wrote the script, and he’s a huge sci-fi nerd. So here’s hoping for the best. As a fan myself, I’ll see this on the large silver screen no matter what.
‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’
Visually, Tim Burton’s live-action (or as much of it that could be considered as such) adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s book was impressive and striking, but the storyline left much to be desired. From the trailer, the upcoming sequel looks like more of the same, an extravaganza of visual delights with a likely unmemorable plot at its center. Although not helmed by Burton himself this time, it brings back many of the same cast and characters, along with Sacha Baron Cohen and Rhys Ifans playing new wacky personalities. I’ll probably wait to watch this one on Blu-ray.
‘Zoolander No. 2’
Just for fun, we have a preview for the unexpected sequel to the cult comedy. If you’re a fan of Ben Stiller’s ego-idiot supermodel, this looks like a blast.
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