Independence Day: Resurgence

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It's undeniably visually impressive, but like its predecessor, Independence Day: Resurgence lacks enough emotional heft to support its end-of-the-world narrative stakes.



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We always knew they were coming back. After INDEPENDENCE DAY redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global catastrophe on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens' advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction. (C) Fox

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Liam Hemsworth
as Jake Morrison
Jeff Goldblum
as David Levinson
Bill Pullman
as Thomas J. Whitmore
Maika Monroe
as Patricia Whitmore
William Fichtner
as Gen. Adams
Travis Tope
as Charlie
Charlotte Gainsbourg
as Dr. Catherine Marceaux
Judd Hirsch
as Julius Levinson
Jessie T. Usher
as Dylan Hiller
Brent Spiner
as Dr. Brakish Okun
Sela Ward
as President Lanford
Grace Huang
as Lin Tang
Patrick St. Esprit
as Secretary of Defense Tanner
James A. Woods
as Lt. Ritter
Ron Yuan
as Weapons Engineer
Nicolas Wright
as Floyd Rosenberg
Lance Lim
as Kevin
Cory Kapahulehua
as Moon Base Tug Pilot
Ava Del Cielo
as Young Mother
Nathaniel Augustson
as Gas Station Attendant
Ryan Cartwright
as Officer Ryan Collins
Alice Rietveld
as Secret Service Agent
Gbenga Akinnagbe
as Agent Matthew Travis
Grizelda Quintana
as Road Rage/Confrontation Driver
Chin Han
as Commander Jiang Lao
Monique Candelaria
as Tech Officer
Justin Raleigh
as Creature Puppeteer
Morse Bicknell
as Russian Commander
John Storey
as Dr. Isaacs
Catharine Pilafas
as Flight Officer #3
Robert Neary
as Captain McQuaide
Otis Winston
as Brian Cole
Travis Hammer
as Jeffrey Fineman
Kenny Leu
as Ping Li
Stephen Oyoung
as Young Man in Taxi
Mark Falvo
as News Reporter
Omar Diop
as Dikembe Guard
Stafford Douglas
as Flight Officer #1
Michael Love Toliver
as Moon Base Tech
Sam Quinn
as Radar Officer
Jacob Browne
as Prison Tech 1
Humberto Castro
as Parisian Office Worker
Robert Douglas
as Dirk Strickland
Jade Kammerman
as Orbital Tech
Auroroa Antonio
as Teenager 1
Diana Gaitirira
as Comms Officer
Akshay Patel
as Dylan's Pilot
David Devereaux
as Military Aide #1
Hans Obma
as Sokolov
Shawn Lecrone
as Area 51 Soldier Pvt. K. Ferguson
Marika Day
as Panicked Patient
Mark S. Allen
as Journalist
David Stanford
as Washington D.C. Dignitary
Nate Warren
as Marley Sullivan
Richard Beal
as Military Brass
Danny Winn
as DC Dignitary
David Grant Wright
as Military Aide
Nathan Brimmer
as Cheyenne Mountain Security
Christian Simpson
as Sgt. Fletcher Smith
Jeffrey M. Williams
as Patricia Squadron Pilot
Jerry Walker
as Milky Eye Guard
Jetto Dorsainville
as Salt Flats Tech/Area 51 Soldier
Valerie Adams
as Pedestrian
Alexander Daniel Pimentel
as Secret Service Agent
Dave Racki
as Chopper Pilot
Vaughn Odenbrett
as Angry Driver in Volvo Pulling Trailer
Faber Dewar
as Flight Commander
Andrew James Bleidner
as Area 51 Soldier
Matthew Munroe
as Prison Tech #2
Johnny Otto
as Secret Service Agent
Edward A. Duran
as Orbital Tech #2
Jamie H. Jung
as Ground Crew
Jonathan Lane
as Press Corps
Andrei Lapionak
as Russian Cosmonaut
Justin Arnsworth
as Fighter Pilot
Raiden Integra
as Press Corps
Brian Barela
as Area 51 Soldier
John D. Grissom
as War Room Commander
Colt Balok
as Area 51 Soldier
Patrick Juarez
as Area 51 Officer
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The original was never a deep or particularly smart movie, but it was massive fun and had its heart in the right place. Here, 20 years later, all of that is gone. The world has gone full Sci-Fi here, which makes for a lot of shiny special effects and a total lack of the David vs Goliath trope. It's cool how many characters returned for this, but the film hardly knows what to do with them, introducing flat new ones does not help either. A joyless, boring, unfunny mess copying scenes from the original here or there only to make them look bigger and soulless. a somewhat decent showdown can't pull this sinking ship around. What a disappointment and insult for the audience.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


Retro-sequel seems to have become all the rage lately. Star Wars is back with a vengeance, Indiana Jones is on his way, Alien, Blade Runner, Jurassic World and others have taken franchise stagnant for a decade or more and revived them not with a reboot, but a sequel that continues the long dead story. A film that could have delivered a sequel decades before now is Independence Day, a film that wasn't the greatest but it did deliver some summer popcorn entertainment. Why we didn't get a sequel until now is a mystery to me. The plot isn't going to take much to describe.Honestly, if you've seen the first film then you have seen this one. I was thinking about doing a copy and paste from my view of the first film, but why go to the effort. Plus, there seems to be to much copy and paste going on with this one anyway. Aliens, angry that we beat them in the first film, show up. Throw in a McGuffin so that we have a way to set up another sequel and you're done. Like an assembly line. The film is pure paint by numbers and that philosophy can work when you add something interesting or at least make an effort. This film doesn't do that. The beats are the same as the first film and what is new happens to be well worn cliches from films such as Pearl Harbor. Bill Pullman returns as the ex-President, but actually takes up the crazed Randy Quaid character. Jeff Goldblum also returns, does his thing, and collects his check. Will Smith does not return, opting to appear in Suicide Squad. Not perfect. but better than going backward on the part of Mr. Smith. Throughout the film the cast does its thing, re-making Independence Day. I guess we're going to get hit with more of these. Reboots are garbage, so let's revitalize. The problem is that a retro-sequel can end up being more pathetic than actually starting over from scratch. The movie blatantly sets up a sequel, but whether or not that will come to fruition is up in the air at this time. It sounds like something different, which this movie should have been if it wanted to recapture an audience. Nods to the original are encouraged, but give the viewer a reason to spends time watching your movie. Oh well. The grand daddy of modern disaster porn has fallen. Let's just pack this one away as a relic of the old days.

Chris Garman
Chris Garman

Super Reviewer


Despite some initially compelling world-building and seeing some of the old cast back (Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pulman, and Judd Hirsch), ID:R is just a generic and mindlessly pointless rehash of the first movie. The original movie is the definition of a guilty pleasure because it's a big budget B-movie that had the benefit of great special effects, mind-blowing action, and obvious enthusiasm and commitment from both the cast and crew. This sequel is lacking all of that. Will Smith is sorely missed in this and the great practical effects of the original are replaced with bland artificial-looking CGI. The action is not particularly creative or exciting either. Only see this movie if you are a die-hard fan of the original (or if you want to get a glimpse into what a live-action Macross movie would look like). Otherwise, just skip this disposable blockbuster tripe.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

For those who wonder why multi-million dollar film projects are not often handed to 12 year old boys lacking life experience and common sense, witness what might happen in "Independence Day: Resurgence". If you thought the first alien invasion was stupid -- the stupidity come back with a vengence 20 years later, with super-sized, groan-inducing dialogue. If we make a few more films like this, the aliens might conclude we're not much worth invading.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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