This film lacks plot, good acting, interesting visuals and originality. There’s nothing going for it.
We always knew they were coming back. INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE delivers global catastrophe on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.
The only reason this doesn’t get 0 stars is the face it at least tries, but often too hard - the result is a 80s B grade action movie. The acting is abysmal, the comedy often inappropriate for the scenario and the CGI aliens haven’t progressed since the first film (from exactly 20 years ago).
The script is so weak, it’s almost if they just slightly adapted the first film and remade it with new actors. The film lacks twists, character development and any interesting dialogue. The performances aren’t good either - everyone’s so cavalier about all the death and destruction, it’s almost as if they don’t care about anything on earth (their dead families, destroyed cities etc.) Jeff Goldblum is at least mildly entertaining, while the rest of the cast (including Liam Hemsworth) are not even trying.
Overall, too many flaws, errors and holes to be a good film. Give it a miss.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of 20th Century Fox