Title – Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
Director – Roland Emmerich (Godzilla)
Cast – Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Maika Monroe, Jessie T. Usher, William Fichtner, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Charlotte Gainsbourg
Plot – It’s been 20 years since aliens first tried to bring down mankind and peace and prosperity have since been the order of the day. But when it seems as though life from another world is again making a play for our planet, new heroes and those from yesteryear must suit up and send the aliens packing.
“They like to get the landmarks”
Review by Eddie on 02/11/2016
We waited 20 years for this?
In 1996 Independence Day, led by Will Smith and a cast of charismatic supporting actors, repelled a potentially earth destroying alien invasion that was both an entertaining spectacle (giving us the cinematic touchstone of an exploding White House), a fun and memorable popcorn munching ride and a film that seemed within itself to be having fun also.
Fast forward to 2016 and despite the return of original director Roland Emmerich (whose once enjoyable career seems to be freefalling) and screenwriter Dean Devlin (plus 4 others!) as well as numerous cast members from the first film including Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch and Brent Spiner and what we have with this long gestating and should’ve been locked away forever follow-up Insurgence, is a film that will go down as one of 2016’s very worst.
Devoid of any of the life that its 1996 forefather had, centred around an entirely tired and dull story and missing the charismatic presence of a leading man like Will Smith, Insurgence is the very worst of modern day blockbuster filmmaking and delivers nothing but the cardinal summer event film sin of being utterly boring and totally uninvolving no matter how many badly CGI’d events take place and harkening back to the wins of the original are made.
Misusing the elder statesman of the cast and offering up poor new substitutes with Liam Hemsworth’s urinating pilot Jake Morrison, Jesse T. Usher’s son of Will Smith Dylan Hiller and unfortunately the misuse of It Follows star Maika Monroe, Emmerich can neither find reasons for the return of the old cast or ways to make us care about the new members while despite the advancement in technology, the film itself lacks any of the stand-out set pieces or action ticks that made the first film such a joy and a film that to this day still finds a large audience enjoying it year to year.
A sad excuse for a follow up to a film that in its own way is a great success and a generally terrible example of how to spend a $150 million worth of budget, Independence Day: Resurgence is a spectacular failure that fails to offer anything new, exciting or original and marks a sad occasion for all those who signed up to return, although it’s not likely any returned for any other reason than a quick pay cheque. Will Smith must be thanking his lucky stars he too did not return for a second bout of alien butt kicking.
After this effort, here’s hoping that the aliens have given up on invading our fair shores for good.
½ a celebrating alien out of 5