Independence Day: Resurgence (12A)

Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-terrestrial threat. But will mankind’s new space defences be enough to defeat their alien foes?

As the Fourth of July nears, satellite engineer David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) investigates a 3,000-mile-wide spaceship that’s paying Earth a visit. Let’s hope it’s a short trip!

Fortunately, 20 years earlier nations across the world half-inched a load of extra-terrestrial technology when they defeated the aliens. So at this point Earth’s space defence program is pretty baller.

When the space invaders rock up, the U.S. president, top scientists and a rag tag crew of fighter pilots spring into action to save the planet from being K.O’d. “It’s the 4th of July. Let’s show then some fireworks.” *sigh* That’s an actual quote from the movie, I kid you not!

It’s pretty ironic that Independence Day: Resurgence was released on the day that the UK went to shit. To makes matters worse the sequel to the 1996 success is crap. I laughed throughout and you’d be excused for thinking that’s a good sign. Believe me it isn’t. The reason for my chortles was that the movie is so bad that it’s laughable. In fact, it’s downright embarrassing. I’ve never witnessed so many ham-fisted attempts at a British accent.

What’s more the gravitational pull that the aliens create on Earth miraculously disappears half way through the movie. Budget cut, or just lack of attention to detail? I really don’t care at this point.

Director Roland Emmerich has managed to do the unthinkable. He has produced a movie full of talented actors but got them to give such torrid performances that we don’t give a damn when they snuff it. A better tagline for the movie would be: Independence Day: Resurgence, the sequel you probably didn’t want or need to the 1996 blockbuster.

Some friends become enemies, some enemies become friends. There’s also a number of storylines that don’t add up. They are just there for show, not to make sense. Jeff Goldblum is the only good thing about this movie. Liam Hemsworth is just terrible, pure cheese. Handsome cheese, but cheese nonetheless.

Like a cheap takeaway, the idea of Independence Day: Resurgence is so much better than the end result.

Independence Day: Resurgence is yet another dumbed down action movie. It makes no mark, breaks no ground and is substandard at best. No wonder Will Smith turned down numerous offers to star in the sequel, it’s an absolute shit-fest.

By Ruth Walker

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