It’s been twenty years since aliens first attempted to invade Earth, and since then all of humanity has been united in preparing for the aliens’ inevitable return. And now that day has come, and earth is yet again under extra-terrestrial threat, but this time it’s bigger and Will Smith isn’t in it.
I’m going to waste no time in telling you that Independence Day: Resurgence is terrible. Anything non Jeff Goldblum that was vaguely likeable in the original is absent here. The fact of the matter is that the first Independence Day was made at a very different time in terms of world politics, and tales of evil foreigners coming over to our land and trying to kill us don’t really wash any more. Action films of today are far more balanced affairs with both sides quite rightfully being given an equal chance – take the recent Warcraft as an example. Films like this which paint “the other” as an entirely faceless evil force that are all the same just leave a nasty taste in the mouth.
Actually the film as a whole has an uncomfortably pro-war message starting with a speech stating that since the first Independence day war the world has been united in peace – if you completely eradicate the other then all your problems will be solved. And continues with an [slight spoilers] act of violence against a peaceful entity that by the end of the film is completely validated, and ends on the message that with all the new technology humans have attained from the alien encounter just think of all the weaponry we could create!
Looking past the uneasy political messages the second Independence Day is a painfully uninteresting and boring cgi blockbuster. The only character the film has comes from actors, rather than the script. Jeff Goldblum does lift the film when he is on screen, as does Maika Monroe but nothing the two of them can do will save this disaster. Even the Cgi is lacklustre and just plain not very good. Certain pieces of cgi are so blatantly green screened you’d be forgiven for thinking you were watching a cheap action film from 2001 rather than something that was made in 2016 for $165 million.
Overall, of all 2016’s sequels Independence Day: Resurgence is one of the absolute worst, and if it wasn’t for the atrocious second Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film it would be rock bottom. Avoid.