End Credits: Independence Day – Resurgence

Plus Gods of Egypt

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It’s 20 years since the sci-fi disaster flick Independence Day hit cinemas and now the movie finally gets a sequel. Brushing off the fact that Hollywood is full of nostalgia pictures with franchises being rebooted and resurrected left right and centre, director Roland Emmerich has said he’s only waited this long to make a sequel because he’s had to – the technology to make the movie he wanted didn’t exist until recently. Twenty years after the events of the original, Independence Day: Resurgence is set in a world where we have used the aliens’ technology to our own advantage, building new weapons and vehicles. With Emmerich at the helm it isn’t long before chaos ensues – the aliens return bigger than ever, numerous landmarks are predictably crushed and a handful of people must save the planet – or what’s left of it.

Gods of Egypt stars Gerard Butler as Set, the god of darkness, who overthrows the other gods and takes power over Egypt – enslaving the mortals. It is up to the human Bek to form a pact with Ho-rus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau aka Jamie Lannister in Game of Thrones) and save the world. Marred by cheesy dialogue, an incoherent yet overly predictable plot and a reliance on CGI that would look dated for a movie released several years ago, Gods of Egypt is barely worth the effort of watching, even if it makes it to Netflix in a month or so.

Mark Wheeler

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