Malaysia’s iconic Petronas Twin Towers has long been something of a tourist landmark. As the tallest building in the world from 1998 to 2004, and still the record holder of the tallest twin buildings in the world, the Petronas Twin Towers are definitely an iconic part of KL’s landscape, and it’s way past time they were on the big screen again.
Appearing briefly in the Catherine Zeta-Jones vehicle Entrapment, the Twin Towers are woefully underutilized in global disaster movies- a fact not lost on 20th Century Fox, who just released this brand new trailer for Independence Day: Resurgence, out in cinemas this 24th June.
Starring Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, and Sela Ward, Independence Day: Resurgence sees the aliens Will Smith once thwarted with the help of a Macintosh and a computer virus return to avenge their loss. The Earth has advanced since, cannibalizing alien technology to usher in a new technological era of awesomeness for mankind. Unfortunately, what the aliens brought last time was merely the tip of the iceberg, and this time they’re playing for keeps.
Threatening chaos and destruction on a worldwide scale, we see the skies alive with fire and debris, while giant waves that appear to be propelled by an alien warship move across the oceans. In the midst of it all, Liam Hemsworth’s Jake Morrison appears to have commandeered an alien spacecraft or is flying a hyper-advanced Earth spacecraft, and is trying to escape the falling debris from a city that is falling apart.
As the camera swoops away, we see a particularly familiar pair of skyscrapers come into view behind his craft and crash into the ground. That’s right, it appears part of Independence Day: Resurgence does take place in Malaysia, or at least our skies – though we suspect that’s our only role here. Still, it is kind of amazing to see the Twin Towers in a international movie trailer instead of the Golden Gate Bridge or the Empire State Building being destroyed again.