Tag Archives: Roland Emmerich

Independence Day: Resurgence

WE HAD TWENTY YEARS TO PREPARE. SO DID THEY.  Twenty years after the war that put an end to a global alien invasion, there are troubling signs that the aggressive extra-terrestrials are mounting another attack. The director and many of the original actors returned for a belated 3D sequel that basically repeats the same formula, … Continue reading Independence Day: Resurgence

White House Down

IT WILL START LIKE ANY OTHER DAY. The same day as John Cale (Channing Tatum) is visiting the White House with his daughter, hoping to land a job with the Secret Service, the Executive Mansion is overtaken by terrorists. The same year as we saw Olympus Has Fallen, there was another action movie depicting the … Continue reading White House Down

The Patriot

SOME THINGS ARE WORTH FIGHTING FOR. In 1780, South Carolina widower Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) is drawn into the Revolutionary War when the British murder one of his sons and set his home on fire. When the director behind Independence Day (1996) and the star who brought us Braveheart (1995) join forces, the result is … Continue reading The Patriot

Independence Day

EARTH. TAKE A GOOD LOOK. IT COULD BE YOUR LAST. An inflated and patriotic throwback to those grand space movies and disaster flicks of the 1950s and ‘70s, this story, where Earth is attacked by huge space ships and must retaliate, could be described as the ultimate invasion matinee. Stirring in the beginning, with special … Continue reading Independence Day

Anonymous

WAS SHAKESPEARE A FRAUD? At the end of the Elizabethan era, the Earl of Oxford (Rhys Ifans) hires a playwright called Ben Jonson (Sebastian Armesto) to act as his front, hoping to use his own plays as a political weapon. A labor of love for Roland Emmerich that nevertheless turns out much like his previous … Continue reading Anonymous

2012

WE WERE WARNED. Solar radiation causes the Earth’s core to heat up, resulting in unprecedented geophysical activity; our planet is doomed, but there’s a secret emergency plan. Director Roland Emmerich intended to make his final (not so much) and ultimate disaster movie, based on the belief that the Maya calendar predicts the end of the world. … Continue reading 2012

Stargate

IT WILL TAKE YOU A MILLION LIGHT YEARS FROM HOME.  Egyptologist Daniel Jackson (James Spader) joins a military team led by Jack O’Neil (Kurt Russell) as they enter an alien device called Stargate that leads to a planet far away that’s ruled by what seems like the Egyptian sun god Ra. Director Roland Emmerich apparently … Continue reading Stargate

Godzilla

SIZE DOES MATTER. As a result of French nuclear tests in the Pacific, a dinosaur mutates and turns into a huge killing machine that attacks New York. Well, turns out that size didn’t matter that much; this movie came with an impressive budget and marketing campaign, but the box office take was nevertheless disappointing. Director Roland … Continue reading Godzilla