I just watched this movie a few days ago, and before I go into the review, I must say that this movie is better watched on a HUGE screen.
Here comes Independence Day: Resurgence, the sequel to 1996’s Independence Day, one of the best, if not the best, alien movies. Ever. In ID2, the original cast members are back, except “The Fresh Prince of Scientology”. (Will Smith wanted $50 million by at that point in time 20th Century Fox decided he wasn’t worth that amount). In Resurgence, two decades after the first alien attack, the world suddenly rebuilt itself into utopia. I repeat, in JUST 20 years. World Peace is somehow achieved and now every country on the planet forms together as one, to fight creatures from other planets. Not to mention you can get from Earth to the Moon in about 30 minutes. Liam Hemsworth AKA “No, I’m not Thor, that’s my brother” is the protagonist, playing as a superstar fighter pilot together with his fiancée and his best friend who plays the step son of the decreased Will Smith character.
** SPOLIER ALERT! THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS SPOILERS!**
Now at this point of the review, I will talk about the bad in this film, which this film has plenty. First off, this movie has too many subplots. There are too many side characters and stories that aren’t even needed. Take former President Whitmore for example. In 1996’s Independence Day, all he did that was important was make an iconic speech that would make everyone want to shoot up aliens and fly jets and shit. Now in the sequel, all he does is have visions and scream “The Aliens are Coming” in which no one believes him until it’s too late anyway. Next on the list of useless characters, David Levinson, played by Jeff Goldblum. David is now in charge of Area 51 research, and his character is limited to only realizing how screwed Earth is and reacting to how screwed Earth is going to be, though with hilarious dialogue. Continuing, Vivica A. Fox returns for 2 minutes before she dies (spoiler alert) and so does the two scientists from the first movie who one, should be dead, and the other, you didn’t even know was in the first movie anyway. Secondly, if you are going expect any realism in this movie, leave the movie theater, go straight to the ticket office and watch Captain America: Civil War because a Spiderman battling a 50 foot giant while a girl with witch-like superpowers is more realistic than anything you’ll see in this movie. Why isn’t this movie realistic? Maybe it’s because an alien ship that’s larger than the entire United States of America wants to destroy our planet by drilling some sort of a space laser in the middle of an ocean. Or maybe it’s because a giant white Pokeball coming from space offers to train us into becoming ninjas. Or maybe it’s because an enormous 70 foot extraterrestrial creature with a HUGE head and tentacles coming out of its body is chasing Jeff Goldblum while he’s driving a school bus. Also, the alien has a giant laser gun. As terrible and impossible as this movie appears to be, I found something quite charming about this film despite its downsides. Visually, I’d say this film looks good, as Resurgence turns up the full-blast action level not even the first one could compare to, but sadly, the praise ends here. Yet still, for a movie budgeted with $165 million USD, you would have expect more effort in terms of the writing and time management. Now here comes the “What If”. What if Will Smith was in this movie? Would he make this movie better or worse? Maybe the movie would have been more focused on the Smith/Goldblum chemistry instead of a long cast of useless characters.
Here is my rating system. After reviewing every movie, I will rate the movie out of 5★ and out of 100 to let you know what I think of the movie.
5★(95-100): It’s an absolutely great movie that I would recommend to everyone, and definitely one worth watching.
4★(80-94): It’s a good movie that I would still recommend, but it’s just not exactly at the very top.
3★(70-79): It’s a movie that’s better than average, but still has its ups and downs.
2★(51-69): This movie is definitely under average. This movie is hard to enjoy and the director of this movie probably wasn’t even trying to make a good movie.
1★(50 and below): This movie is just complete utter bullshit, so much so that it makes me angry that I even watched it. The director of this movie was just drunk. This is the type of movie that will make you question your ability to pick a good movie. Instead of buying these types of movies, just donate your money to charity and you will be better off anyway.
My rating for Independence Day: Resurgence is 3★ and 71.
At the end of the day, Independence Day: Resurgence is an enjoyable film if you are just looking to kill two hours of your life. But like the last film, you are either going to really love this movie or really hate it. I for one enjoyed this movie, but it had many flaws. If you loved the 1996 Independence Day, I recommend watching this movie.
*I am new to movie reviewing, and I hope you enjoyed this review. I am open to all constructive criticism, so please leave a comment below. Thanks for reading!*