Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) Movie Review
Independence Day: Resurgence is the hit to the mega money-making B-movie Independence Day that has gone on to be one of the most dumb but fun action movies of our time. Naturally, a sequel would be developed as Hollywood squeezes as much as they can from old films destined to be franchises. The plot in this sequel is pretty similar to the first one, the aliens are back! After twenty years since the last attack, America has rebuilt itself and has developed new technology weaponry in case of a future alien attack- As the film’s tagline reads: “We had twenty years to prepare, so did they?” The real question of the day is, “It’s been twenty years since the last one. Did they use their time wisely in crafting a fun sequel?”
This film had a lot of potential to be a fun summer movie where you can kick back with your friends or family, eat a lot of popcorn and be glued to the screen at the action happening on screen. However, this movie is too dumb to the point where it’s just lazy- not dumb fun. A real shame for a movie with so much potential, wasted.
First off, this is a very messy movie. In fact, maybe one of the messiest movies of the past decade. At one scene, this movie may be trying desperately to emotionally impact you, and the next it jumps right back into an alien-fight scene with Liam Hemsworth cracking up jokes. It doesn’t really blend well and it makes for a very mushy and moronic ride. However, this movie ends up being surprisingly watchable, even with all of the tone issues and flaws.
One very good aspect about this movie are the visuals and the CGI. It’s great. The way the aliens look is of course, generic, but they look visually good as well as the destruction effects, which look great. Besides the visuals in the film, the film itself has to move with great camerawork, and the The cinematography here captures every ridiculous and moronic moment with solid skill. The man behind the camera, Markus Forderer (who has previously worked on my documentary-like films) knows how to turn a ridiculous movie into one that at least looks solid. He definitely films the average action well. The action isn’t particular tension-filled or anything new, but his camera work makes it at least a little bit more memorable. It’s not an oscar-worthy use of camera, but for a summer blockbuster, the service is worthy.
One noticeable absence from this movie is the first film’s great Will Smith, who provided a lot of energy into that first film and his character- he was very likable. Here, most of his fellow costars have returned and some newbies have signed on- most of the peformances are wooden and forgettable, a few insanely horrible and a few solid ones. The solid ones being of Hemsworth and Goldblum- while some old time returners like Spiner completely failing. It’s a mixed bag with the cast, but most of them are serviceable at most. However, the film fails more at it’s new and old characters. Most of the old characters feel wasted here and have barely to no use in being in this film, and there are so many different subplots with the new characters and they have no real structure. They are just there, you don’t care about them (although one or two are likable) and yes, although it is a huge destruction-filled blockbuster, it still shows when you put no effort into making decent characters.
One of the film biggest issues (besides the characters) would be it’s tone. It constantly switches tone. For one, you may see that the film is having an emotional scene (which feels forced but, whatever) and the next second randomly switches to an action scene. The film has no sense of one part, it’s just all out there with subplots, numerous different characters and while it is a dumb action movie – it’s not a dumb action movie done right. It takes itself way too seriously at times and is extremely generic and unoriginial. The movie itself is entertaning in a way for most of it and watchable, but the problems are there and they stick out. This is a typical american sequel, so it’s best to see something else unless you want to watch something that is watchable and amusing a times but quality wise, is a big fail.
To sum up this movie- it’s something that was a big “whatever”. It’s there- it’s big, and I didn’t mind watching it. It has tons of flaws that will stick out to any normal viewer like a sore thumb, but if you are in the mood for anything dumb and over the top (but maybe not done right) this could be a good one for you and your friends if you have nothing better to do.
CONSENSUS: While Independence Day: Resurgence is visually stunning, decently acted and a watchable movie, it ultimately feels completely uneven in it’s structure, tone and it comes off as a cliched mess amidst your usual generic showing of aliens and destruction.
RECOMMENDATION: Most likely not.