Independence Day: Resurgence is a 2016 American science fiction action disaster film directed by Roland Emmerich and written by Emmerich, Dean Devlin, Nicolas Wright, James A. Woods, and James Vanderbilt. It is the sequel to the 1996 film Independence Day and stars an ensemble cast featuring Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Travis Tope, William Fichtner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Judd Hirsch, Brent Spiner and Sela Ward.
The film is set twenty years after the events of the first film. Since then, the United Nations have collaborated on the Earth Space Defense (ESD), an international military defense and research organization, and developed hybrid technology reverse-engineered from the invaders' in anticipation that they would return. When the returning aliens again attack Earth with an advanced and unprecedented force during the twentieth anniversary of humanity's victory against them on July 4, a new generation of defenders from the ESD joins forces with the surviving protagonists from the first film to participate in a battle to save the world from annihilation. In addition, humanity begin to explore their extraterrestrial adversary's history and motives.
Emmerich had considered an Independence Day sequel since 2002, with 20th Century Fox only greenlighting the project in 2014. Principal photography rolled from April to August 2015, primarily in New Mexico while also returning to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah which served as a location in the original. Independence Day: Resurgence was released by in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D in the United States on June 24, 2016 to generally negative reviews from critics, who found the plot convoluted and action sequences overblown, though some praised its overall humor. The film has grossed $389.7 million against its $165 million production budget and was considered a box office disappointment by analysts.
As the Fourth of July nears, satellite engineer David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) investigates a 3,000-mile-wide mother ship that's approaching Earth. Fortunately, 20 years earlier, nations across the world started to use recovered extraterrestrial technology to develop an immense defense program. When the alien invaders attack with unprecedented force, the U.S. president, teams of scientists and brave fighter pilots spring into action to save the planet from a seemingly invincible enemy.
Why It Sucks
- By lacking the approachable nature of the original and instead focusing on the science fiction trappings, it's harder to care about the plot and characters.
- It is a rehash of the first one.
- It panders to China and Chinese audiences by including popular Hong Kong singer Angelababy as Rain Lao (a fighter pilot), the product placement of Moon Milk and QQ (a messaging service that is popular in its homeland).
- No Will Smith, and the actor playing his son lacks his screen presence.
- Horrible soundtrack.
- Some characters from the original are forgotten (Russell Casse's family) or brought back just to die (Will Smith's widow).
- Bringing Brent Spiner back even though his character is pretty annoying. (the original film also made unclear whether he survived)
- This was the last film that Robert Loggia starred in and all he does in this film is get up and wave in a crowd scene.
- The comedy is actually kind of funny.
- The action sequences are pretty cool.
- It knows not to take itself seriously.
- Adding another alien species (Sphere) brings some kind of originality.
- The African militia is an interesting and badass addition.
- All the human characters are likeable.
- Good performances from Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum.