Roland Emmerich returns to the helm for this long-awaited sequel to the 1996 blockbuster Roland Emmerich. Fearful of another attack, the nations of Earth have teamed up against their common enemy -- the extraterrestrials who brought humanity to the brink of extinction. Using recovered alien technology to bolster their defenses, the alliance braces itself for another invasion. Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman reprise their roles from the original film, while Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, and Maika Monroe are among the new additions to the cast. ~ Daniel Gelb, Rovi
Director: Roland Emmerich
Cast: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox
Release Date: Jun 24, 2016
Rated PG-13 for sequences of Sci-Fi Action, Destruction and Some Language
Runtime: 2 hr. 0 min.
Genres: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Independence Day: Resurgence is a massive summer blockbuster that’s as dumb as it is loud. The good thing about it is that the film never really feels like a chore and rarely bores throughout. It’s a silly film and that will affect people’s enjoyment of it. The spectacle is impressive but less impressive than it was 20 years ago when it seemed groundbreaking. The comedy is about as broad as humanly possible, as if one of the six writers on the project wanted to make sure they recycled as many jokes as possible while trying not to offend. We get a run through of returning characters and some are killed off unceremoniously while other still play vital roles. The first act also, makes it a point to let the audience know that Will Smith’s character had died in the 20 years since the original film, explaining away Smith absence. Sadly, the new characters aren’t terribly engaging or interesting but the film does throw in a African Warlord and a high speed school bus vs. giant alien chase because why not. Independence Day: Resurgence isn’t going to set the world on fire like the original but it’s surprisingly light disaster film that’s eager to please.