War of the Independence Day Disaster Movies
It's the 4th of July and the President of the United States, Sam Garsette (Tom Everett Scott - Enemies Closer), is heading back to his hometown of Moose Ridge to spend some time with his son Andrew (Keenan Tracey), and his brother Pete (Ryan Merriman - Attack of the 50ft Cheerleader), a fire-fighter. But when something from outer space as well as within the Earth starts to attack it is Pete, SETI scientist Celia (Emily Holmes) and science loving teen, Eliza (Andrea Brooks), along with some teen hackers who need to not only save the President from where he is stranded but save the World from these Independence Day invaders.
They say that a great chef can take a bit of this and a bit of that and come up with something which whilst maybe not high cuisine is certainly passable as a meal. Unfortunately that is not the case when it comes to movies as far too often, especially when it comes to disaster movies, screenwriters and directors take various recognizable ideas from other disaster movies and all they end up with is usually a Canadian made knock-off. And that is essentially what "Independence Daysaster" comes across as, another one of those disaster movies which were filmed in Canada and are clearly influenced by some big screen disaster movies such as "War of the Worlds" and of course "Independence Day".
But the thing about "Independence Daysaster" is where some of these knock-off disaster movies are entertaining for being bad this one isn't. Instead all this feels like is a knock-off, a movie which tries to do a good job using the familiar story ideas but not having the budget to bring it to fruition in such a way that it becomes more that just a movie which rips off other disaster movies and as such constantly reminding us of the better movies it is similar too.
Truth be told it is a shame as the likes of Ryan Merriman and Tom Everett Scott, whilst never really delivering anything memorable thanks to their characters being so clichedly written, do commit to their parts and try to bring some thing to them rather than just showing up for a pay check. It is the same with the team who do the CGI because they try to deliver something unique but never really managing to make the effects in "Independence Daysaster" look like anything more than you would get in a video game from the 90s.
What this all boils down to is that "Independence Daysaster" is for the most typical of these made in Canada disaster movies. But the most disappointing thing is that it doesn't end up enjoyably bad and as such never becomes anything more than a knock off disaster movie.