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Movie Review: Independence Day: Resurgence

Updated on July 24, 2016
Copyright: 20th Century Fox
Copyright: 20th Century Fox

Independence Day: Resurgence

Release date: 6/24/2016

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Running time: 120 minutes

MPAA rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction throughout, and brief strong language.

Director: Roland Emmerich

Writers: Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin, Nicolas Wright, James A. Woods, James Vanderbilt

Cast: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Jessie T. Usher, Bill Pullman, Maika Monroe, William Fichtner, Sela Ward, Judd Hirsch, Brent Spinner, Vivica A. Fox, Charlotte Gainsbourg

Copyright: 20th Century Fox
Copyright: 20th Century Fox


It may have taken 20 years, but the sequel to 1996's alien hit invasion smash hit Independence Day has finally arrived. Many of the principle characters from the movie return, but Will Smith is not one of them. It is the 20th anniversary of the alien invasion from the first movie, dubbed the "War of 1996," and special defense forces have been set up on the Moon to warn Earth about potential alien threats.

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Former President Thomas Whitmore (Bill Pullman), who has become a bearded recluse, has nightmares about an oncoming invasion and warns new president Elizabeth Lanford (Sela Ward) that the aliens are coming back. Scientist David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) discovers on one of the ships recovered from the attack that the aliens sent a distress signal to their home world before losing the War of 1996. On the Moon, the defense force, including hotshot pilot Jake (Liam Hemsworth), sees a ship emerge from a wormhole headed straight for Earth. Thus begins another battle between humanity and extraterrestrials.

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20 years and they couldn't come up with anything better than this? Independence Day: Resurgence is an asinine combo of dopey characters, lame action, and stupid writing. Aside from David, characters from the first movie are given scraps so the new generation can hog the spotlight. But we don't care about Jake or the former President's daughter (Maika Monroe) or the grown up son (Jessie T. Usher) of Will Smith's deceased, heroic Steven Hiller from the original. The aliens have more personality than they do.

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Copyright: 20th Century Fox

Independence Day: Resurgence ends with a battle between the alleged heroes and the alien queen, which looks a lot like the queen from Aliens. By the time that happens, most of the theater will be asleep from boredom. Director Roland Emmerich has made fun movies including the original Independence Day, but this isn't one of them. If you want to watch a good alien invasion movie, watch the original instead of this inferior carbon copy.



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