Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) Review

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Rating: 2 out of 5 - but STILL, watch it. 

So, you want to know if I liked the movie or not. 

Oh-kay. 

You want me to tell you all about it without revealing any significant details of the story, plot, characters, and...everything. All-right. Hmm... uh huh. I liked it. There. Are we done here?  

Then why did you rate it a 2 out of 5? Sigh. You wanna know why? 

You mean like how they keep saying they had 20 years to prepare but didn't think of "interrogating" the "alien captives", who apparently speak English when they are connected to a human, but then needed a former President to get manhandled by an "alien" to get some "answers".  

Why do you keep using quotes? Hold on, did you just give out spoilers? a) No, I didn't. Just watch the trailer.
 

And, b) didn't you watch the trailer? 

Okay, okay. Let me just tell you what I think.  

Finally.  

Shush. Or, I'll tell you the whole story - with spoilers.  

[zip] 

That's better. Now, let's first start with the basics.  

This is a sequel... well, more like the continuation of the first movie, Independence day, released in 1996 by the same creators. That movie turned out to be one of the highest grossing film worldwide and so, to honor it somehow, this movie happens exactly 20 years after the 1996 film with most of the cast who are, miraculously, exactly the same 20 years later. 

Disclaimer: I didn't watch the 1996 Independence Day movie. 

 Wait wha-? Gasp! 

Tsk.  

[zip]
  
Good. So, if you think about it, I am probably one of the few people in the world who can really tell you if this movie made sense or not. 

In short, it didn't. Not logically, at least. Like when they grab "alien" fighter planes to fly them, there is no explanation as to how they are talking to each other without any communication systems! 

And, how does everyone in the world hear every single conversation the presidents of all the countries are discussing? 

Moreover, what kind of radio signal are they on that father and son are able to talk to each other between Earth and the moon after all the orbital satellites have been smashed to bits. 

And let's not forget that humankind has somehow put satellites and a base on Saturn! Saturn! 

Also, if a hole has been drilled all the way down to the core, won't it now be filled up with all the ocean water after you pull out? (LOL) 

And so many more moments like that. I could go on but then, I'll leave the exploration of all those details to the true fans and buffs at Cinema Sins and Honest Trailers. 

Then, why did I like it? 

All the things that I liked about this movie are exactly the points that would usually make me not watch a movie. But somehow, Independence Day 2016 makes it ...good.  

Things like: Cheesy dialogues: There is not a SINGLE dialogue that does not have a bad comic-book style joke, superhero complex, or includes a mega cheesy catchphrase. It is so cheesy and catchphrase-y in fact, that it makes you WANT to be in the movie just so you could deliver a quip like "On behalf of the planet Earth, “Happy 4th of July.”".  Or, banter with Jeff Goldblum (ah, Jeff Goldblum) when your aircraft engine shuts off in mid-air. 

Him: Are we falling? 
You: Controlled dive. 
Him: Falling. It's called falling.  

Perfect!  

That trailer you saw with all those lines? The whole movie is like that. So good!
 
Dramatic music that always tells you how you should feel...all the time: And, because the movie is edited to an inch of its life, they don’t let you feel too much in a scene before lo and behold, you have to jump into another scene with music to let you shift your inertia. 

Now you’re nostalgic, now you’re patriotic, nope romantic, nope sad. This would usually annoy me but in this movie, it was good that they avoided the feels. You don't feel for the lost characters as much as the director wants you to because not much time is given to them to shine or for the audience to connect with them.  

Mass destruction on a global scale: Yet only focus on the historic landmarks in America (yes, let's somehow miss the Statue of Liberty - coz Independence y'all), and maybe one or two in London? The graphics were fantabulous and in 3D, even better!  

Every protagonist is like, super old: They still look amazing, don't get me wrong. I can understand the actors are the same from 20 years ago and their characters also aged along with them (except Jeff Goldblum - Ah, Jeff Goldblum). But, logic just flies out the door! They all wake up from their respective comas just at the moment when the alien spaceship showed up -- and hold on, they get into action almost immediately? No muscle atrophy, no giddiness, no nothing? I'm not done being indignant about this. There are at least twenty people around you, but a frail old man who just came out of a 20-year coma is now lifting heavy machinery. Like what?! Why are old people being made to do all these incredibly difficult tasks in this movie? Respect your seniorz!  

Slimy monsters and aliens that are supposed to look like... every other alien but we are to believe they are different. Hmmm.  

More of a children's movie than jungle book!: Honestly, I don’t get the censorship or the rating system sometimes. Recently, I watched The Jungle Book and I wouldn’t take any kid to see that movie - It was scary! But, ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’, with its cool graphics, video game style POV camera work, generic aliens, comic book quips, and yes, children somehow comically forced to be at the epicenter of a war in a school bus with real funny moments: it’s a surprise to me that this got PG-13 while The Jungle Book was PG. 
 
 
Apocalyptic pandemonium: I love a good apocalypse-style movie that depicts chaos at its best and worst. In Independence Day 2016 however, the scenes following the alien invasion felt like a glass of warm milk. Even though Earth has been preparing for 20 years, when the apocalypse does happen, people just get into their cars and apparently, wait in line for gas. More people these days are prepping for all kinds of disasters and our TV shows and movies have adapted to the changing sentiments and come up with storylines where the characters know their shit - Walking Dead, anyone? But here, meh. I’m telling ya - kids’ movie!
 
Liam Hemsworth is gorgeous - but so underutilized here - he didn't even take his shirt off! (Oops, spoiler!) 

 Jessie T. Usher's character Dylan Hiller, who looks so much like Will Smith, hardly made an impact and was quite unimpressive. I could keep going - but I won’t. One thing this movie has definitely made me want to do - go watch the 1996 Independence Day movie. Now, go watch this movie! 

, out! Peace!


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Cast: Liam Hemsworth (Jake Morrison), Jeff Goldblum (David Levinson), Jessie T. Usher (Dylan Hiller), Bill Pullman (President Whitmore), Maika Monroe (Patricia Whitmore), Sela Ward (President Lanford), William Fichtner (General Adams), Judd Hirsch (Julius Levinson), Brent Spiner (Dr. Brakish Okun), Patrick St. Esprit (Secretary of Defense Tanner), Vivica A. Fox (Jasmine Hiller), Angelababy (Rain Lao), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Catherine Marceaux), Deobia Oparei (Dikembe Umbutu), Nicolas Wright (Floyd Rosenberg), Travis Tope (Charlie Miller), Chin Han (Commander Jiang)  
Directed by: Roland Emmerich  
Written by: Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich, Nicolas Wright, James A. Woods, and James Vanderbilt
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