Independence Day: Resurgence
“Twenty years after the events of the first film, the international community recovers and the United Nations creates the Earth Space Defense (ESD), a united global defense program that serves as Earth’s early warning system and the main defense force using technology salvaged from remains of the alien forces, with some military forces assembled on the Moon, Mars and Rhea, and the Area 51 base has become the Space Defense Headquarters. However, the aliens were able to send a distress signal to their other battalions before their final defeat while others went into hiding elsewhere around the world headed by their queen. The aliens in deep space received the signal and sent a larger and more powerful battle fleet, threatening the human race once more.“
– From Wikipedia
Bishop’s Review – Worth the trip, even if it was a bit rushed (8/10)
I’ve said before that my ratings are partly based on my expectations, movies that I expected little of that surprise me get a slight ratings boost, and movies that I had high hopes for usually get penalized if they don’t live up to the hype. Please keep that in mind when reading this review.
I had been waiting for Independence Day: Resurgence for years (since they announced the sequel), and hoping for it for a decade. What I wanted to see most was the chemistry of the old characters and new ones. While the chemistry is still there, a lot of the characters didn’t interact with each other and some died off extremely early, they focused on creating new bonds more than rekindling the bonds from the first movie. The best news of Independence Day: Resurgence is that there is plenty of Dr. Okun and Julius Levinson, I loved both of these characters from the first one and they’re the same in this one. Dr. Okun has a much bigger role and in my opinion he’s the best character of the new movie. Also along for the ride is President Whitmore, he’s not in it that much but his scenes are good. I found it funny that William Fichtner who plays a 5-Star General <spoiler> and US President by virtue of succession</spoiler> sounds a lot like Bill Pullman when speaking over the radio.
I liked the movie, the special effects were great and the story is solid. Unfortunately the only show times at my theater for Thursday were in the dinner theaters and didn’t have super loud sound (which was a bummer for this movie) so I wasn’t completely immersed, if you get the big sound I think you’ll have an even better time than I did. My complaint with Independence Day 2 is that it felt a bit rushed, there were a lot of tangents but it never seems like they developed into that much. The movie was only 2 hours long, I wish they had given it another 15 minutes and smoothed out the transitions a bit more. Towards the end of the movie it becomes apparent that this was a setup for the next film (assuming this does well in theaters of course) so the quick catch-up done in Resurgence makes a little more sense at that point.
I didn’t notice the absence of Will Smith too much, mainly because there weren’t really any scenes with more than a couple lines of dialogue. The Will Smith-Jeff Goldblum chemistry from the first film would be welcomed in Independence Day: Resurgence but the chemistry between the new characters definitely suffices (African Warlord & Washington Bureaucrat FTW!). That being said, how is Jeff Goldblum going to be <spoiler>driving a bus being chased by a giant alien</spoiler> and NOT say “must go faster, must go faster”?
That’s another thing sadly absent from the Independence Day: Resurgence, there are no memorable one liners. Oh Randy Quaid, why’d they have to kill you off in the first movie, and why did you have to become a nut and flee to Canada?!?!
Summary: If you liked the first Independence Day and loved Dr. Okun, you’re gonna like this one, just don’t expect it to be as good as the first one because it’s not.
Cleetus’ Review – Worth seeing (7/10)
I must admit to the chagrin of many that I have actually not seen the first Independence Day film. Now, maybe I have but I just don’t remember it at all. I do know that I have seen Space Cowboys with Clint Eastwood and Tommy Lee Jones, but I don’t remember that movie very much either.
I felt like this film was a bit of a Star Wars rip-off honestly. It sounded like John Williams did the score in the action scenes with what looked like X-wing fighters shooting blasters at one another. I think that it had the build-up of the similar female hero in the film with Patty Whitmore (played by Maika Monroe). But, there were times in it where I felt like it was trying to replicate the modern Star Wars and Star Trek films.
Now, why this sequel took twenty years to make I have no idea. Usually, when it gets to that much of a gap they just re-do the whole franchise like Spider-Man. But, I liked the special effects of the film and felt like there was some good action scenes. However, I’m not sure I have confidence in the sequel(s) that they are preparing for the film. I felt like the chemistry amongst the younger generation of characters was spotty. I don’t think that their acting was particular good and I think that if their potential sequels are going to be successful, it will likely be because of the fan generational transition (father who admired the first film takes son to see second film and so on).
Bottom Line: Not a whole lot of confidence in the sequel(s) coming up to par.