After the abysmal Hitman: Agent 47, one might fear that Singapore might end up neglected by Hollywood, erased and resigned to a fate worse than death: Blamed for how much that movie scuked. Thankfully, we haven’t been forgotten, for when the aliens spread their attack across the world in the trailer for Independence Day: Resurgence, Singapore’s iconic skyline gets to play a part.
Released as one of the many Super Bowl ads, the trailer goes for as many explosions as possible, utterly destroying both the London and Singapore skyline. With the Marina Bay Sands to the left, the Central Business District gets decimated, with the damage following the Benjamin Sheares Bridge out towards Indonesia and … with a few container ships floating up from within the Marina Bay … wait what?
Yep, as Hollywood is wont to do, there just has to be some liberal misunderstanding of an Asian city. While the population running for their lives look like they are majority Chinese – so, a kinda pass there – that taxi … let’s just say that if they bothered to watch Hitman: Agent 47, they’d know that all of our taxis are blue. Gotta ride in Comfort, after all.
That said, it’ll be nice to find out more about how Singapore plays a part – Singapore-born Ng Chin Han is in the movie (as a China army man), after all. Hitman: Agent 47 and Equals (yet to see wide release) was filmed in Singapore in 2014 – and with 2015 a quiet year for Hollywood films shot here, it was as if Hollywood realised it wasn’t such a good deal to shoot here after all (suspect pesky paparazzi played a part). That said, it’s highly likely that ID:4-2’s production might not see anything more than Singaporean-made CGI.
Watch the full trailer here:
This isn’t the first time our CBD gets destroyed, anyway – the guys from Call Of Duty had an explosion take place in a future Singapore (that looked more like London) in a series of tweets that have since been deleted …
And local boy Jack Neo himself did some attacking in the CBD too: