Coming Distractions: New Independence Day: Resurgence TV spot reviews the principles of gravity

The Super Bowl spot for Independence Day: Resurgence appropriately begins at a football game. Considering all the pomp and circumstance during the national anthem (a dramatic inhale that blatantly apes the Dark Knight Rises trailer), the game appears to be under the auspices of the National Football League. This calls the film’s timeline into question since regular-season games typically aren’t played anywhere near the Fourth of July, but coherence has never been the Independence Day franchise’s selling point. Fans only require a generous helping of wanton destruction, and, judging from this trailer, they won’t be disappointed. Not only do the aliens blow things up this time around, they also have a fun gimmick where they seem to pull entire cities off the ground and then drop them onto other cities. That actually seems like more work than blowing up a city, but whatever. At least we …

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