Independence Day: Resurgence
Village Jam Factory - Thursday 23 June 2016, 8:00pm (3D)
Running time: 120m
Country: United States
Classification: M (Science fiction themes and violence)
Release date: 23/06/16
Rating: 4.5/10 (ME 1/5, DP 3.5/5)
Welcome (back) to Earth
20 years after the first invasion, the earth has managed to rebuild and unify having successfully defeated the aliens who threatened to destroy earth. But when a mysterious sphere appears near the moon base there are fears of another invasion. And sure enough and even bigger spaceship than last time lands over the Atlantic.
Independence Day: Resurgence is the sequel to 1996's sci-fi blockbuster Independence Day. The spaceships are bigger, the explosions are louder and the script is even worse than the original. Yep, really. Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullmam and Judd Hirsch reprise their roles and are joined by Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe, Jessie Usher and Angelababy in a film that provides a moderately paced ride through a predictable story. The big disaster scenes are dehumanised and it's difficult to feel anything about another CGI building blowing up. The film went from taking itself far too seriously to almost becoming a parody of itself and then back again. There was some genuine excitement between the multiple back stories and side plots that did little apart from slowing the rhythm, and it managed to reach a predictable conclusion though far later that it should've. It could've been even worse; Karl Stefanovic's cameo appearance didn't make the final cut. (ME)
It's definitely bigger than the last one
Independence Day: Resurgence is a sequel that delivers exactly what we wanted and expected. It's big and dumb and lots and lots of fun. In the words of Professor David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum), "it's definitely bigger than the last one"! When the attacks begin (and the film wastes very little time in getting us there) we are in very familiar territory. Filled with cheesy and overwrought dialogue, the pace of the film leaves the viewer with very little time to contemplate the confusion of elements thrown together; old cast members, new cast members, alien technology, humongous space ships with micro-climates and a school bus in the desert filled with bratty children (yep!) to name but a few. It may appear that there are too many stories happening all at once, but that really doesn't matter; we really want to see the dogfights, giant ships, explosions and gun battles with the gross and scary aliens and Independence Day: Resurgence delivers this really well. The CGI effects are great, there is tension in the chases and battles and the cast deliver their lines with a great mix of earnestness and cheesiness, with plenty of nods to the original movie throughout.
Independence Day: Resurgence never pretends to be wholly original or a cinematic masterpiece, but it is a fun science fiction film that delivers some impressive big-screen science fiction moments (that look great in 3D) together with a lot of light humour. It doesn't matter that things often come together far to easily for the characters; it doesn't matter that London gets destroyed....again; it doesn't matter that at times you really do want Will Smith to be there. Despite all of this, I really enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to the next instalment that is hinted at and which the story screams for. Go in with an open mind and not too much deep thought and you should really enjoy it too. (DP)
See also: Teminator Genisys, The Fifth Wave