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Independence Day Resurgence Viral Video

This summer marks 20 years since Independence Day hit theaters, making a blockbuster star out of Will Smith and delivering one of the most fun, exciting alien invasion movies of the decade, possibly ever. So obviously it’s the perfect time for the sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence to arrive. But since 20 years has passed in the narrative timeline since the events of original film, there are a lot of gaps that need to be filled in.

We already know that by the time the sequel has begun, the world has established Earth Space Defense, a new program designed to use alien technology left behind to advance our own civilization and prepare a better defense in case they ever come back. Now a new Independence Day Resurgence viral video has a faux news broadcast that details what has happened since we defeated the aliens in what has been called the War of 1996. The video celebrates the heroes of the war, discusses the founding of ESD and more.

Watch the viral news broadcast after the jump. Read More »

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