by Diana Vaccarelli
Twenty years after the iconic film Independence Day opened to not only box office success but critical success as well, much of the original gang both before and behind the cameras has returned to our screens. It’s sequel time, with Independence Day: Resurgence telling the tale of how, a generation after our victory over alien invaders Earth is in big trouble from a new threat. Well, actually it’s the old threat. Except…
No, I’ll stop now. No point in me spoiling things for you. The film handles that all by itself.
- The CGI and physical sfx are incredible. Watching this film I got a great sense of the world Director Roland Emmerich created for us. The way the ships look and the appearance of the new technology created from what our characters acquired from our invaders last time around are visually stunning.
- The performance of Bill Pullman as former President Whitmore feels genuine. As the viewer, you can feel his pain over what happened in the first invasion as well as what he foresees will happen this time around. I feel this is Pullman’s career-best performance.
- Where to begin? Let’s start with the writing. Writers Emmerich and Dean Devlin (among others, which may explain all the problems – except why wasn’t somebody coordinating all their changes?) concoct a story that is almost identical to the original. It feels more like a remake then a sequel. And Emmerich has remade it badly at that.
- Then there are the performances by every actor who isn’t Bill Pullman. These weren’t phoned in, they were sloppily texted. And the predictable twists and turns and overwrought background music and – well, there’s this: An alien ally that appears in the form of a sphere stating a prophecy and how humans can help them. The scenes with the sphere were laughable. They should have had an actual alien creature and not a bouncing ball.
There may be more to say about this film, but, disappointingly, Independence Day: Resurgence is so forgettable that it’s already out of my mind.
Happy Summer Blockbuster Season!
Diana Vaccarelli is the TVWriter™ Critic-at-Large and, in case you haven’t noticed, a HUGE Outlander fan. Learn more about her HERE