Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
Starring: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Jessie T. Usher, Maika Monroe, William Fichtner
Directed by: Roland Emmerich
Written by: Nicolas Wright, James A. Woods, Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich, James Vanderbilt
Rating: PG Running Time: 2 hr. 0 min
There are plenty of words in the English language I could use to describe how bad this film is, but many of them are unsuitable for this forum. So I’ll just stick with one of the safer ones.
Independence Day: Resurgence, is crap, really really crap.
Its crappiness matches the crap last third of the 1996 installment of this crap franchise (everything after the president’s crap speech). Remember that crap? When President Whitmore (Bill Pullman) salutes ‘murrica before he jumps into his fighter jet, and saves the world. Yeah, crap wasn’t it? Well, just picture that craptacular level of cheesy nonsense, stretched out over two hours of your life. That’s Regurgitate, I mean Resurgence.
The story is crap, the dialogue is crap, the acting is crap, the visual effects are, well, obviously good, but trust me, apart from the technical stuff, almost everything on the screen in this sequel, is crap. The movie spends a ridiculous amount of time reminiscing about the 1996 film, and spends next to zero time developing its new characters. Other than to let you know they’re related to the original film’s characters, and that ALL of them know how to fly fighter jets, alien or human.
“But, these films are supposed to be big stupid firework shows,” I hear you bleat.
Well maybe, but why can’t we have an all action alien invasion flick with brains? Resurgence follows the same tired crappy blockbuster formula; dazzling visual effects, and casting that egregiously panders to both the politically correct crowd, and the world box-office by making sure China is represented. These decisions aren’t made in service of a story, they’re there to maximize returns, and the fact that it’s so blatant, is really insulting.
Independence Day: Resurgence is like a supermarket Budweiser display assembled to look like a tank, ridden by a fat guy wearing his “we’re no. 1” foam finger as he chants, “USA USA USA!” From a distance, it looks fun, but then you see it’s built with headache inducing swill, and operated by xenophobic moron with delusions of grandeur.
If you loved everything that followed President Whitmore’s speech from the first film, I think you’ll enjoy this. Just don’t expect anything to make any sense.
Best Moment: << mild spoiler >>
The visual effects are good, and the final battle with the alien queen looks great.