Star Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe, Jessie Usher, Travis Tope, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Brent Spiner, Vivica A. Fox and Angelababy
Director: Roland Emmerich
Producer: Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich and Harald Kloser
Claps: Performances, Direction and Visual Effects
Slaps: Storyline and Screenplay
What’s New: Nothing
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Plot: 4th July, 20 years after celebrating the ‘Independence Day’ from aliens, the people of Earth come across yet another huge spaceship heading towards the Earth Space Defense’s Moon headquarters. Despite’s director David Levinson repeated warnings to avoid attacking the spaceship as it belongs to a different terrestrial life from the one that attacked them 20 years back, the head pilot launches an attack after getting a nod from the current President.
How that attack effects the destiny of the people of Earth and how they fight against yet another alien invasion is what ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ is all about!
Performances: Amongst the actors who reprise their role- Bill Pullman is impressive as the aged former president. Jeff Goldblum is still at his usual best, with just a bit of intensity added to his character. Brent Spiner continues to invoke laughter with his act as the scientist.
Sadly, all these characters lack the depth which they had in the previous flick and which made them stand out 20 years back.
Liam Hemsworth carries his role with the required charm and smile on his face. Jessie Usher is good. Travis Tope is fun to watch.
Aika Monroe and Angelababy are the eye-candies of ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’.
Direction: Right from the destruction of the world to a bunch of people flying in the air and dodging the falling structures/buildings- ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ is filled with typical Roland Emmerich shots.
However, despite Emmerich’s best efforts to make this an interesting watch and the mind-blowing visual effects, the movie fails to leave a lasting effect. And the reason for that is Hollywood’s obsession with alien invasions.
It has been 20 years since ‘Independence Day’ released and in these 20 years, we have seen 20 such movies which deal with alien invasion or the theme of the world coming to an end. This leaves ‘Resurgence’ with no scope to provide anything new. Plus, many concepts look stolen- like the white sphere with artificial intelligence may remind you of Tom Cruise’s ‘Oblivion’, and the process of the spaceship destroying Earth from its core may remind you of ‘Man of Steel’.
The movie completely depends on the visual effects and even the characters, old as well as new, lack depth. Overall, this sequel lacks the magic which lasted even 20 years after the release of ‘Independence Day’.
Combo-On-Offer: Sci-Fi Drama + Action + VFX
Verdict: We give the movie SLAPS for having nothing new to offer, and being just a treat for the eyes but not the brains and fans of ‘Independence Day’.