Movies out Today: 24 June 2016

Why did they decide to release Independence Day: Resurgence on the 24th of June instead of the 4th of July? Pretty golden opportunity missed there. But, it’s not like it was going to help the movie fare any better, so I guess we should just get it out of the way then.

  • Independence Day: Resurgence

We always knew they were coming back. After INDEPENDENCE DAY redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.

Sigh. So much for nostalgia. Turns out Independence Day: Resurgence doesn’t hold a candle to the original, and lacks everything that made it great. All we get this time around is a cheesy script full of narrative holes that isn’t particularly well-acted by the lacklustre cast. If you want special effects though, you’ve got them in spades, but they’re no more impressive than any run-of-the-mill sci-fi movie of late. All in all, Independence Day: Resurgence just goes to show you that bigger isn’t necessarily better, and scores a disappointed 2.5/5 stars from Kervyn.

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  • Central Intelligence

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE follows a one-time bullied geek, Bob (Dwayne Johnson), who grew up to be a lethal CIA agent, coming home for his high school reunion.  Claiming to be on a top-secret case, Bob enlists the help of former “big man on campus,” Calvin (Kevin Hart), now an accountant who misses his glory days.  But before the staid numbers-cruncher realizes what he’s getting into, it’s too late to get out, as his increasingly unpredictable new friend drags him through a world of shoot-outs, double-crosses and espionage that could get them both killed in more ways than Calvin can count.

For a movie that looks exceedingly dumb on paper, Central Intelligence is apparently… quite funny. Honestly, that is the last thing I would have expected, but critics are saying that it hits the mark, for the most part. The movie is charming, funny and oddly sweet, while Dwayne Johnson is genuinely loveable. So loveable in fact, that their efforts have earned them 64% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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