“Independence Day: Resurgence” Review

Independence Day (1996) was one of the biggest blockbusters released during The Dark Age of Movies (see this video for reference) and it’s one of America’s most beloved films.  Mostly because it glorifies ‘Murica more than a Michael Bay movie.  Here’s what I think of it: it’s a clichéd story with stereotypical characters, mostly wooden acting, and a boring pace.  However, it does have a charismatic Will Smith, some incredible F/X and visuals, and one of the greatest movie speeches of all time.  Here’s my opinion on this took-forever-to-make-but-is-somehow-even-worse sequel: it sucks; it sucks hard.

Independence Day: Resurgence is directed by Roland Emmerich and written by: Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich, Nicolas Wright, James A. Woods, and James Vanderbilt.  Stars-Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe, Jessie T. Usher, Sela Ward, and William Fichtner   Premise-20 Years after the last alien invasion, mankind has made incredible improvements as a species.  It turns out the aliens were never truly beaten, and are headed back to completely destroy us.

If there was ever a director who always makes the exact same movie, it’s Roland Emmerich.  In his case (with the exceptions of The Patriot and White House Down), it would be science fiction movies that focus on F/X.  Subsequently, his films have clichéd/stereotypical characters, bare-bones plots, and incredibly slow paces.  Should it surprise you that Resurgence is the same thing?  The only difference is, the F/X in this dang movie are WORSE!  Independence Day used real sets, explosions, and stunts to create very creative visuals.  It seems that Mr. Emmerich has fallen victim to the post-1995 Hollywood thought process of “CGI is our new God, and we have to make it the #1 thing present in our movies forever now.”  I’m not kidding you, EVERYTHING in Resurgence is fake, un-convincing, CGI.

The story; oh gosh the freaking story.  There are so many issues with this movie’s screenplay, you’d’ swear it was written by Uwe Boll.  Will Smith is not in this movie (and not just because Smith is too smart to sign onto it), instead his uninteresting, uncharismatic, bad-acting “son” is the “hero” now.  He and four other pilots who look way too young to be pilots are the worse actors in the movie.  The script didn’t give them much to work with.  If you watch this movie (and I hope to God you don’t), count how many times characters begin a question with the word “how” and that question is never answered.  It’s like the one decent writer in the room was constantly asking the other writers, “How did this happen?”  And it was accidentally put into the script!  There are more plot holes in this movie than there were in the first.

I hope you’re not looking forward to this movie’s attempt at comedy, because the last thing a terrible sci-fi film needs is atrocious humor.  None of the jokes are funny, mostly because all of the adult actors aren’t trying, and all of the younger actors are just plain bad.  Actually, there is one saving grace.  William Fichtner.  He plays a general who doesn’t get much screentime, but every second he’s on screen is great to watch.  Sadly, a big leading role has yet to be given to him, but he’s always an interesting character to watch, and he’s giving it his all in every movie.

Why am I even surprised that there is a total Deus Ex Machina in this movie?  I won’t go into spoilers (for those who love the first movie), but just know that the D.E.M. in question resembles a giant golf ball.  Oh yeah, and there is a blatant sequel setup in the ending that ticks me right off.  Movie, you haven’t earned a sequel, your mere existence is a mistake.  Independence Day: Resurgence gets Guy’s Guru Grade of a D.

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