Independence Day: Resurgence – Film Review

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I was never a huge fan of the 1996 movie Independence Day, so I didn’t get why this was necessary. Turns out, Independence Day: Resurgence was massively unnecessary – it is pretty much a rehash of the original and doesn’t add anything particularly refreshing or exciting. A wasted opportunity tbh.

Jeff Goldblum returns as David Levinson, who is now the head of the Earth Space Defense (ESD), the planet’s early warning system for alien attacks following the events of the first movie 20 years earlier. Jake Morrison (Liam Hemsworth) and the stepson of Will Smith’s now-deceased character Steven Hiller, Dylan (Jessie Usher), are working on the ESD moon base when the aliens launch a new attack and they have to stop them from destroying the planet. AGAIN.

This felt far too familiar to be a sequel. It seemed more like a reboot – a lot of the plot points had happened before. You would think after all this time director/co-writer Roland Emmerich would have tried to make it stand on its own bit more. It has managed to maintain that cheesy, cliched feel of the previous, and it is still pretty funny in places, but the absence of Will Smith can be felt.

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The plot is confusing and muddled and there are a lot of characters to keep up with. I didn’t feel emotionally invested in any of them, or the fate of the planet, and was just watching the movie with no feeling whatsoever. Although I must give credit to Maika Monroe for trying to add some emotional depth to the movie as Jake’s fiance and the daughter of former President Whitmore (Bill Pullman). Everybody else just performed a function and delivered no more or less. Hemsworth was hot, that is pretty much his contribution.

I also found it quite boring and, no word of a lie, I fell asleep during the main ‘Earth destruction’ scenes. I didn’t care, it was a massive CGI fest that I could do without, it was a bit overdramatic and I had seen most of it in the trailer. Snooze time (FYI, I have only ever fallen asleep in the cinema once before, so that proves my point). It’s just so formulaic and blockbuster by-the-numbers. 

This is a shame. I had a feeling it would suck when there were so few press screenings and the box office takings have been disappointing. I think this just proves that you can’t just replay the same formula and expect it to work. People want more, they want better. What worked in 1996 doesn’t now – the standard for action adventures and sci-fis is much higher. This needed to be way better than the original to stand out of the crowd and it failed to deliver.

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