Independence Day: Resurgence Review

Independence Day: Resurgence
  • Directing 7
  • Writing4.5
  • Acting5

Roland Emmerich's Independence Day: Resurgence is the cinematic equivalence of stale popcorn, lacking any sort of real flavor or crunch. It's the long-awaited sequel that nobody was really waiting for, despite its massive budget and large-scaled action spectacle, which is empty of any emotion or actual purpose.


It’s been twenty years since Roland Emmerich blew up a good chunk of the world with his Will Smith-starring disaster movie Independence Day. Now, he’s returned with a long-awaited sequel to a film that we never knew needed one and trust me when I say that statement sticks out as this film’s lasting impression.

Independence Day: Resurgence is a sequel to a mediocre blockbuster flick of the 90s that hasn’t exactly aged well. Resurgence benefits from a larger budget and better visual effects rendering, yet it feels like a worse movie, due to the lack of a script and talent.

Resurgence pools back a great deal of actors from the original film, including Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum, while also bringing in fresh meat, such as Liam Hemsworth.

The film doesn’t benefit from this “dream team” of performers and instead struggles to keep a pulse as director Roland Emmerich blows up even more of planet Earth with a massively-scoped hodgepodge of action and explosions.

There’s no rhythm to Resurgence, leaving it feeling like a bunch of hammers smacking up against an old garage door. Occasionally, something jaw-dropping happens, such as an alien spaceship landing on top of an entire freakin’ ocean, but most of the film feels extremely dated and unnecessary.

Consider Independence Day: Resurgence a stale old bucket of popcorn, lacking that same flavor and crunch that the original seemed to have, at least during its original theatrical run.

Re-watching Independence Day doesn’t really bring back nostalgia or great memories. Watching Resurgence doesn’t lessen that fact or replace those mediocre memories and instead makes you wonder why Fox bothered funding this in the first place.

The film does manage to show off Emmerich’s latest FX reel, which feels bigger and looks better than ever, yet there’s just no real substance to keep your mind slightly engaged.

Have our expectations for blockbuster disaster filmmaking changed or are we just not as easily impressed as we once were? Watching giant alien ships destroy landmarks brings forth a yawn, instead of a double-take.

Resurgence‘s story tries to break off into multiple side stories, with one slightly fascinating, but just as jumbled up plot line following another alien race that’s trying to help us “primitive” beings from being wiped out of the universe by the same evil alien force from the original film.

While this story sounds interesting, it’s mostly swept under the rug as “recalled” characters from the first film are retrofitted with modern faces.

Liam Hemsworth I guess is considered the star of the film, despite not having any real purpose in the film, aside from flying random aircrafts with a few of his buddies. Sure, they sort of help save the day, but that heroic weight is never truly felt on screen, nor is the emotional heft that generally comes with the leading man role.

Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman are clearly cashing easy paychecks as they reprise their roles, except acting slightly more confused this time around.

The true star of Resurgence is Earth, which gets tossed and turned in every direction until almost getting completed destroyed, not by us this time, but by even larger dicks (ALIENS!).

The ending sets up the film for possible sequels and probably even “cinematic universe” material *yawn*, so get ready for bi-yearly Independence Day celebrations.

Seriously though, Independence Day: Resurgence is pure summer blockbuster movie-making trash. It reaffirms the idea that sometimes actors, directors, writers and mostly studios don’t give a damn about the art form known as film and simply want to make cash. It was to be expected, yet I still felt disappointed, especially knowing that Emmerich has and probably will continue to direct fine disaster movies with a little more taste and craft.

ID4 Round 2 is not one of those “good” films.

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