Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, our planet is reinforced and equipped with powerful alien technology, but will our new defenses be enough to stop this second attack?
Roland Emmerich returns to the long awaited Independence Day sequel along with actors Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and Brent Spiner.
When humanity won the war of 1996, we used the technology left behind by the aliens to advance our own weaponry and defense systems so that if we are ever threatened by extra terrestrials again, we'll be ready, but the aliens have come back with a much larger ship and a plan to rid the Earth of it's molten core.
Sadly Will Smith did not return to the sequel, and his absence is definitely felt. In his place we have Liam Hemsworth and Jessie Usher, whilst Hemsworth is trying his best with the material, Usher fails to bring any amount of charisma or emotion to the role of Captain Hiller, the son of Will Smith's character. There really aren't any standout performances other than Bill Pullman as the former President who is now haunted by visions of a second alien invasion and Jeff Goldblum as David, the man who figured out how to stop the aliens back in '96. Goldblum is of course one of the main reasons I enjoyed this film for the most part.
One big issue with Resurgence is that it takes far too long to get going, and whilst it's ramping up to the invasion, there aren't any great new characters for us to get invested in. There are also far too many characters, this should have focused on Goldblum, Pullman, Usher and Hemsworth, but instead we have around 10 other characters that we're also following.
Resurgence is basically the first movie done over again, with bigger and better effects, but what the original definitely has over this follow up is a lot more heart and charm. Resurgence feels oddly absent of energy and wit, which a movie like this sorely needs. The script is bland and the characters are mostly forgettable. Whilst the movie is really dumb, it takes itself a little too seriously, which the first film definitely did not. This should have been obscenely goofy and self aware but instead it tries really hard not to be. There's also the most obvious and face-palm worthy set up for a third film, which in the worst way possible, left me gobsmacked.
The spectacle is grand and the action is quite entertaining, whether it be a dogfight between jets and alien ships or a ground fight between the military and the alien queen, the action is large and fun. There are a number of fun sequences, including one where the alien ship tears up the city of Singapore and drops it down on London. But whenever we're made to watch characters gather round a table, talk strategy and explain what's happening to the audience, the film flops.
If you're looking for a dumb, mindless, large summer blockbuster, then you'll probably have a good time with Independence Day: Resurgence but this is a complete failure when it comes to characters, story and performances. I'm giving the film a 4.6/10.