Independence Day: Resurgence belongs in the increasingly long line of sequels that nobody asked for.
The movie is full of big-budgeted CGI where buildings are pulled and dropped from the sky. It’s good enough as a distraction but quickly wears off because there’s no one memorable onscreen.
Some of the old cast is back but only to remind viewers that this is a sequel. There are new faces, but these one-dimensional stereotypes (the cocky hotshot, the hero’s son, and the star pilot) have nothing to do but run around and react to stuff happening around them.
It doesn’t help that these negligible characters are thrown into a clunky plot. By doing away with the slow-building tension of the original film that compensated for its generic elements, the script made its flaws as huge as the now bigger mother ship.
The narrative has no momentum whatsoever as the plot jumps from one storyline to the next. Patriotic moments are extra cheesy while emotional ones ring hollow. Resurgence tries to differentiate itself by adding plot twists to a derivative alien invasion story, but they’re too convenient and contrived. Every time the movie tries to raise the stakes, there’s a Deus Ex Machina after it. The biggest one is a talking hard drive.
In the end, the earth is saved blah blah blah and there will be the third installment. If you only want to watch cities get mindlessly destroyed, then Independence Day 2 has something to offer. On the other hand, when you’ve seen sharks fall from the sky, giant robots fight monsters, and Aliens rise from the ground to terrorize towns, this sequel has nothing to offer.
Independence Day: Resurgence
Independence Day 2 is disaster porn packaged as a sci-fi flick.