Howdy people of the internet, Hypersonic55 back again playing catch up with the latest films in the cinema and last night I watched Independence Day: Resurgence and now I’m ready to pass judgement.
Now the first Independence Day is still one of my favourite films from the 90’s and to be honest it may even fall into my all-time favourites too just because of how much fun it is to watch. So understand, I had no interest in watching this film, I never wanted the sequel, however since the trailers looked decent enough I thought the film might be tolerable. That being said, those bad reviews online did prepare me for the worst, but here’s the thing… Independence Day: Resurgence wasn’t that offensive to me, it was just incredibly unremarkable.
Story-wise the film goes like this:
“The film focuses on the battle between ESD (Earth Space Defense), an international military defense and research organization, and the returning alien invaders during the twentieth anniversary of humanity’s first victory against the latter on July 4 – the same date as the Independence Day in the United States.”
At the end of the day, this film’s plot was essentially the first film just done with a few variations when it came to the use of certain characters, use of technology and modern story elements. This plot while it had a few new and interesting ideas, was quite predictable, generic and painfully average with no proper balance between the drama and humour. The main thing that this film sort of got some of the humour right with some lines of dialogue making me smile or chuckle, however, most of the humour felt really forced or lazy.
As for the cast it was a mixed bag. Returning members Jeff Goldblum as David Levinson, Bill Pullman as President Whitmore, Brent Spiner as Dr. Brakish Okun and Judd Hirsch as Julius Levinson were fine, however, I only really liked Spiner as the doctor as he was fairly lighthearted and fun. Goldblum fluctuated between being familiar and fun and feeling like an imitation of his former self, Pullman was good but I wasn’t keen on the way his character was handled. But Vivica A. Fox as Jasmine was wasted, she had no real reason to be there. The new cast weren’t too engaging, Liam Hemsworth and Jessie T. Usher as Jake Morrison and Dylan Dubrow-Hiller try to fill the shoes of Jeff Goldblum and Will Smith from the last film, but they didn’t have the charisma, magnetism or chemistry their predecessors had, plus they were so boring. Maika Monroe was pretty but forgettable as Patricia Whitmore, Charlotte Gainsbourg felt as Catherine Marceaux felt like a weak addition to this film, Sela Ward was dull as President Lanford, however William Fichtner wasn’t half bad as General Adams.
When it comes to the presentation it was solid for the most part. Visually the film was pretty cool with a cool sense of scale and pretty detailed CGI, though the quality of the CGI varies a lot and after a while the crazy amount of CGI madness going on with the destruction of earth, aliens and spaceship fights got tiresome. And the film score by Harald Kloser and Thomas Wanker was horrible, it felt so cheesy, overly dramatic and didn’t add to the film as much as it felt distracting.
In the end Independence Day: Resurgence was exactly how the film I thought it’d be before I saw the trailers, it was silly, generic, lackluster and kind of cool in the spectacle department. This was probably a one and done situation as it didn’t have any redeeming factors and didn’t have the good qualities that make summer blockbusters worth watching.
So have you seen Independence Day: Resurgence and if so what did you think of it? Was it a colossal mess or just a loud, dumb and fun film? Give me your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀