‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ is an unambitious sequel that may just be this summer’s guilty pleasure – REVIEW

The sequel to the 1996 alien invasion flick is a worthless and lazy movie that still packs lots of mindless fun

Independence Day: Resurgence picks up 20 years after the events of the first where the aliens are coming back to wreck the Earth one more time. This sci-fi alien flick is directed by Roland Emmerich, the director of the first Independence Day and stars Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth, Bill Pullman, Maika Monroe and Brent Spiner.

Jeff Golblum and Liam Hemsworth in Independence Day: Resurgence

At its core, Independence Day: Resurgence is a fun ride. It’s complete mindless theatre fun. The movie has flying saucers and big aliens that make for a really great thrill ride. All the action scenes work as a big amusement ride. The aliens look cool and it’s fun to see the characters fight the big creature. Fortunately, the movie knows its audience and is ready to deliver what they want. Approach this movie knowing it’s going to be a fun alien film and you’ll have a fun time at the theatre.

For a film so heavy on CGI, Independence Day: Resurgence does offer lots of excellent CGI. The effects do look really good on screen and even when the movie is just CGI on top of CGI, for the most part is does look great. Some scenes involving scenery were breathtaking. However, there are some scenes in which the obvious CGI is present as is when the movie heavily relies on computer effects.

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Jeff Goldblum continues to be a pivotal part of the now turned franchise. His on screen presence is well welcomed as the other characters fail to gather any emotional attachment. Most of the old cast are still the ones that shine in the darker moments of the film. However, the film does rely a lot on the newcomers which never really delivers.

The biggest problem comes when the movie gets to serious. It tries to evoke emotion but fail each and every time. Every time something happens to a character the movie takes a moment for its audience to feel sad only to cut away too quickly and making the viewers forget what just happened. The film never revisits the pain and just continues like nothing happened in the first place. Independence Day: Resurgence, while tries to get too serious, never truly delivers poignant moments that its reaching for.

Independence Day: Resurgence

As the movie continues along, the sci-fi thriller feels rather forced. Everything the movie introduces seems pushed and shoved to the audience’s attention. More times than none, Independence Day: Resurgence feels like it has a check list in which it checks off the things it wants in the movie. It’s like the writers were writing the material as the movie was progressing. The worst was that it seemed every sci-fi cliché possible was on their check list because nothing really creative was ever put on screen. It looked like the director and writers just didn’t care.

When out of the fun zone, Independence Day: Resurgence gets back in the lazy, unambitious reality it tries so hard to hide. However, when the film doesn’t try to get serious, it’s a pretty harmless fun movie. The goal of the movie is to entertain and it does deliver, but its not hard to see where the sc-fi alien thriller does lacks making for a rather worthless sequel.



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