Hello, fellow moviegoers!
Twenty years ago, the blockbuster film Independence Day took the world by storm. Since then, it has become considered by many to be a must-see for any action movie fan. To this day, people still talk about how much they liked Independence Day. When they announced a sequel twenty years later, understandably some were excited, some weren't.
Independence Day: Resurgence stars Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Liam Hemsworth, Jessie T. Usher, and Sela Ward. Twenty years after the events of Independence Day, the aliens have returned. This time, they have a much larger ship and a more catastrophic plan. Humanity must come together to once again defend themselves and protect their planet. So, does Independence Day: Resurgence live up to its predecessor, or does it fail to try?
Independence Day: Resurgence is a terrible movie. There's no way around that. There are almost no redeemable aspects about this movie. The plot is weak, there is only one relatively good performance, the visual effects were decent, and its not-so-subtle attempts at setting up a sequel were cringeworthy.
Let's start with the plot. It is almost exactly what you'd expect any alien invasion sequel to be. "They're back and bigger than ever!" You could take that sentence, copy and paste it over and over again for a hundred pages, and get the rough draft of this script. There is no substance to it. It even does the most cliche thing imaginable by injecting a "Queen Bee" situation into the mix. They try to make Independence Day: Resurgence as quoteworthy and funny as the original, but it falls flat on its face. It feels like every other line of dialogue has some sort of one-liner. Except, throughout the entire two hours of the film, only one of them actually works! Even when that line is said, it's so quickly buried by other terrible jokes that you don't even have time to appreciate it!
When it comes to the acting, Jeff Goldblum is the only actor that seemed like he actually knew what he was doing. If a group of kids in middle-school decided to make a movie on their cell phones during Biology class, they would've given performances parallel to some of those in this film. By far, the worst of the bunch is Liam Hemsworth. Through a fusion of terrible writing and an even worse performance, his character feels like one you'd see in a farcical film such as Kung Fury or Sharknado. The difference here is, Independence Day: Resurgence is being entirely serious about his character! He's supposed to be this suave bad-boy that always has a terrible plan that works out in the end, and he became the most cliche, annoying, straight-up lousy part of the entire film.
The visual effects in this film were really hit-and-miss. There are some sequences that they look fantastic. You believe that there are actually aliens attacking the Earth. However, many of the other scenes feature noticeable green-screens and visual effects that you would expect out of a film from 1996.
Everything in this film felt way too convenient. Plot lines would cross paths simply because they happened to be coincidentally in relatively the same area, characters would wake up from comas because the plot demanded it, and, just like any other alien invasion film, all of the aliens would die the second the "Queen Bee" was destroyed. Sorry for that spoiler, but it's so predictable that you'd be able to figure that out an hour-and-a-half in advance.
The worst thing is, they were trying to lay the groundwork for a third film in this franchise. They were trying to give subtle hints towards another big event that could be happening, and they may as well have had somebody jumping around with a sign that reads "But wait! There's more!". It was forced, and if they ever do make a sequel, let's hope that it's better than this one.
Independence Day: Resurgence is the worst film I've seen this year. The plot is substandard, the acting is cringeworthy, the visual effects were spotty, and it still thinks it's getting a sequel. Please, don't see this movie. I'll give you two reasons. One: If you love the original, this might taint your feelings towards it. Two: If 20th Century Fox sees that people are paying to see this, we will get a sequel and it'll probably be worse than this. You have better things to do than watch this movie. If you're looking for a fun film to watch this Fourth of July, watch the original.
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