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original title: Independence Day: Resurgence
tags: Humanity's last stand.
keywords: alien, mothership, alieninvasion, earth, battle, independenceday, defense, technology, army, humanversusalien, fightercraft, forcefield, videoconferencing, videofootage, openended, psychic, worlddomin
An awfully constructed and just as awfully executed "movie". From the use of no locations and just a green-screen sound-stage thru to bland dialogue and action without any actual action, it makes you wonder just where, how and why this thing came to be. Thank you Judd Hirsch for raising the only smile for a 3 second period in a 2 hour movie.
Emmerich gave rise to the disaster movie genre and now he's taking it to its inevitable demise. It's nice to see all these characters again, even if they do only each get 2 scenes and 3 lines of dialogue. Somehow they made that work in the original, but not at all in this one.
There's a bit near the end where they're trying to take down a ship, and in one shot you see a missile head towards it, in the next shot Jeff Goldblum says nothing and in the shot after that it's crashed on the ground and people are celebrating... it's as if every shot was supposed to be 3 times longer or that all the connecting shots got cut in favour of...well, I don't know, in favour of making it a godawful movie.
To sum up. Everything you loved about the first ID4 movie -- is nowhere to be seen in this one. Any potential it could have had is lost in a bad script, rubbish characterization, lack of locations... Who cares if aliens are back doing boring alien crap again? The characters in the movie sure don't seem to.
Give it a miss, maybe watch it on TV -- but be warned even streaming it illegally will leave you wondering why you bothered. You might think of it as a sort of "Starship Troopers 2". Basically godawful why did they bother material. And after all that, they have the gall to throw in a "hey, we have an idea for a trilogy" right at the end. If I remember rightly, it's not like anyone asked for an Independence Day 2...
3 stars. One for Jeff Goldblum and Judd Hirsch's characters retaining a pinch of the relationship from the first movie. One for Judd Hirsch's character, being about the only one that was still like the original character. And one final star for not casting Jai Courtney. I have to say that I was expecting far too much from a sequel. I remember how inspiring the original was, saw that some of the main actors were returning and was hoping for more.
Yes, the special effects have been modernized. Sure, the action scenes were frequent. If you are a teenage boy, you'll probably love this flick.
My biggest problem with this flick is that you never have a chance to feel the desperation or hopelessness of a planet that is under attack by a superior force or that all hope is lost. In the original, you had no idea how the humans were going to survive until Goldblum offers a glimmer of hope with a computer virus.
This is the one Summer movie that I bought a ticket for. I'm not sure I'll make this mistake next year. The spaceships and the destruction are bigger but not better in Roland Emmerich