(K. Brent Tomer),
Editor’s note: the review below is timed for the June 24th release of “Independence Day: Resurgence”, which features London being blown to bits. The review also coincidentally falls on the day of Britain’s EU referendum, which some pro-Brexit campaigners call “Independence Day”. Though our review is entirely unrelated, for those noting the coincidence, it’s worth reminding readers that The Economist strongly backs Remain.
ROUGHLY 45 minutes into “Independence Day: Resurgence”, London is destroyed by a 3000-mile-wide alien spacecraft. If that weren’t unfortunate enough, two of the film’s heroes, a jittery boffin played by Jeff Goldblum and a cocky hunk played by Liam Hemsworth, happen to be flying through the city at the time in a supersonic space shuttle. Not to worry, though. Hemsworth’s character is such a nifty pilot that they zoom along the Thames and past the disintegrating Tower Bridge without a scratch, cracking jokes as they…Continue reading