Sunday, June 26, 2016

Movie Review: Independence Day: Resurgence

I had significantly lowered my expectations for this science fiction, alien invasion sequel after the bad reviews and poor opening weekend box office but had not lowered them enough. Independence Day: Resurgence is terrible. A quick and easy money grab by Hollywood trying to ride the wave of 90s nostalgia. Scenes that were terrifying and spell-binding in the original came off as shallow and uninspired. Even with the advancement of special effects and some cool aliens, the story and characters were rushed and failed to connect.

Several of the cast members returned including Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox, Bill Pullman, Brent Spiner, and Judd Hirsch, the most prominent actor Will Smith notably did not decide to participate in this fiasco. A new set of actors also showed up as the children of characters from the first like Jessi T. Usher, Maika Monroe, and new characters played by Liam Hemsworth, Angela Yeung Wing, Nicolas Wright, and Travis Tope. 

All of the acting is pretty terrible both old and new with the small exception Deobia Oparei as an African warlord. All of the older actors are shoved aside unceremoniously to make room for the new characters. The president played by Sela Ward was interesting to watch but didn't get much scream time. 

The story is so rushed there was no time to develop the story but they did take the time to show off the special effects. There were plenty of breathtaking visuals of the aliens invading and blowing up cities but any emotional impact is lost with a silly quip or a quick glaze over the consequences. Even reflecting back on what happened previously moved too quickly with the focus more on shoddy storytelling than paying homage to the movie that spawned it. There is also the tone-deaf attempt to set up a sequel very quickly at the end as if anyone will show up for another installment of this franchise besides fools like me.  

There isn't much more to say about this film other than the impressive special effects. I would like to think that they can use to make a satisfying alien invasion in the future. I really like alien invasion movies or at least the idea of them though there have not been many successful ones. I would like to see one successful. This movie took nothing serious but in the end, the movie was a joke. 

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