Independence Day: Resurgence Review
If you’re anything like me, the original Independence Day film will have a special place in that nostalgic part of your heart. I was 9 when it came out, and it had everything a 9 year old could want; space, aliens, guns, violence, swearing, explosions, the lot. It was great. Fast forward 20 years, however, and we have Independence Day 2. I’m no longer 9 years old, I’m no longer impressed.
The basic premise of the film is, who woulda guessed it, the aliens are back. Turns out they didn’t really like us killing them and blowing their ships up, so they’ve come to right a wrong. Or so it seems. But, as the film progresses, we find out this isn’t actually why they’re back; they’re actually back to harvest the core of the earth for fuel, or something. They couldn’t really care less about vengeance. And this really is quite a big let-down; it makes the humans seem sad and petty. We’re hell bent on stopping alien attack part 2. We stood up to you once, we’ll stand up to your vengeance. But no, we’re nothing to the aliens. We’re simply in the way of a fuel supply. We are to the aliens how Iraqi civilians are to Tony Blair – collateral damage.
One thing the film does have in its favour is the cast. Everyone, save for Will Smith, reprises their respective roles, and it’s just great. To see Jeff Goldblum playing, well, Jeff Goldblum is always great. His dad is back trying hard but generally being in the way. Bill Pullman, Brent Spiner – they’re all there. There are several additions to the cast too, who bring some much needed youth. We have Will Smith’s child from the first film, all grown up and now an elite pilot. We have his two best friends, who happen to be engaged to each other (both pilots also). There’s a great bit early in the film when we first meet Will Smith Jr. on his way to meet the President. As he enters a room, the camera pans to a large portrait of Will Smith in his flight suit, very much a la ‘Welcome to earth bitch.’ It’s that nostalgia that’s makes this film almost bearable. Beyond that, there’s nothing.
Once the film gets going, its action porn through and through. Much like the first, it’s space, aliens, guns, violence, swearing, explosions. There’s battles in the air, battles on the ground, giant space ships (and I mean giant, 3000 miles in diameter – I mean, come on, at least try and be believable), cannons on the moon, wormholes, floating spheres here to save us because they like to help primitive species. I should add the story isn’t as nonsensical as I’m making it out to be, it’s incredibly linear, with a clear beginning, middle and end. But that’s a let-down in a way – this film is just a bundle of clichés and Hollywood tropes that no one needs to see.
(I feel like at some point I should add that the President in the film is female, but frankly with the thought that in real life the first female President could very well be Hilary Clinton, I’d rather not focus too heavily on it. I’m scared.)
All in all, this film is awful. It’s like they’ve taken all the worst bits from number one, and expanded them in to a whole film. As awful as it is, however, more than anything it’s just completely and utterly unnecessary. Independence Day is great, leave it alone. There’s no need for Independence Day 2! And, worse than that, the ending is so obviously set up for Independence Day 3 I almost vomited a little. I guess watch this space, because I’ll have another review to write in 20 years. I wonder how 49 year old me will feel about it. I shudder at the thought.
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