Can a sequel 20 years later be as good as the original?

Posted by Chris Green on Friday June 24 @ 7:44 am

Two decades ago saw the launch of one of my favourite science fiction films, Independence Day. This weekend is the opening of the long awaited sequel. Set 20 years on from the original, the sequel moves on in real time from the first movie. Humanity has been busy harnessing the alien technology that crash landed after the first battle. New power sources, mobile devices, propulsion, space suits, weapons, communications and more.

The thing is, the aliens have had 20 years as well, and are set to come back bigger and bolder.

Revising a movie so long after the original is a gamble. Independence Day was a critical and box office success, talking almost a billion dollars worldwide, and likely over a billion by the time you factor in TV repeat fees. This time round the budget is bigger, and with more movies breaking the billion dollar barrier there are significant expectations for this sequel to join a club that includes Jurassic Park 4 and most of the Marvel Comic Universe films. Not to mention the Star Wars movies.

Why release a sequel now? The word is that scripts have been bouncing around for quite some time, but a combination of will and technology prevented the movie being made. Advancements in computer animation allow for a far more extensive and amazing (and convincing) movie to be made today. This is a considerable achievement considering that the original won awards for its special effects and use of models.

With the success of things like the Marvel series and the restarted Star Wars franchise, other studios want a multi-billion dollar grossing franchise of their own. Fox has struggled to achieve success in the same way with X-Men and Fantastic Four films. Independence Day may yet become the basis for a multi-movie franchise, depending on the success of the Resurgence sequel.

I’ll be watching it this weekend, both with giddy excitement and with significant curiosity from a business perspective.

I am voting to leave the EU. This is why…

Posted by Chris Green on Wednesday June 22 @ 11:03 pm

I believe passionately that our great nation should have complete and absolute control over its law making process. We have fought to preserve our independence and free will, not just in two world wars, but at so many points in world history. Yet, without a mandate from the people, our independence, our ability to define our own path was taken away from us and handed to a corrupt, self serving group of undemocraric and faceless civil servants in Mainland Europe that consider the UK to be nothing more than a joke and a cash cow that will fund their runaway spending.  

EU membership prevents us from controlling our own laws and ensuring a safe and civil Society. We are required to ask Brussels to give us permission to enact our laws while it hands down directives that we have no choice but to abide by, no matter how damaging they may be to our country and its social fabric. We even can’t control our own taxation policy. The EU forces us to tax items we don’t want to, such as feminine products.

This has to stop. We have to end this rediculous situation once and for all. By all means retain EEA membership like our friends  in Norway. This makes sense from a trade perspective as well as for free movement of workers. But we must be free to create, enact, revoke and enforce our laws in our own land for and against all its inhabitants.

The European Union is a corrupt, dysfunctional, broken, irreparable and unnecessary political body. We have no power, influence or benefit as a member and none will be forthcoming if we remain as one. Instead we will be further sucked into being another European state, stripped of our identity, our voice and our political freedom. We must not give the current government a mandate to hand control of UK government to a collective of foreign powers.

That is why I am proud to Vote Leave.

Together, we can regain full control over our law making process and no longer be subordinate to an EU that does not have our best interests at heart.

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