Monday, 18 July 2016

Independence Day: Resurgence Review

Independence Day: Resurgence 

Release Date: 23rd June 2016 - Australia

Production Companies
Centropolis Entertainment
TSG Entertainment 
20th Century Fox Film Corporation

20th Century Fox Australia 

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: M

Runtime: 129 minutes

Budget: $165,000,000

Box Office Gross: $389,681,935

Plot Summary
Using recovered alien 
technology after the 
last invasion in 1996, 
the nations of Earth 
have collaborated on 
an immense defense 
program to protect 
the planet. But nothing 
can prepare us for 
the aliens' next attack 
-- and only the ingenuity 
of a few brave men 
and women can bring 
our world back from 
the brink of extinction.

Liam Hemsworth - Jake Morrison
Jeff Goldblum - David Levinson
Jessie T. Usher - Dylan Hiller
Bill Pullman - Thomas J. Whitmore
Maika Monroe - Patricia Whitmore
Sela Ward - President Lamford
William Fichtner - General Adams
Judd Hirsch - Julius Levinson
Patrick St. Esprit - Secretary of Defense Tanner
Brent Spiner - Dr. Brackish Okun
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
Gbenga Akinnagbe - Agent Travis
Robert Loggia - General Grey
John Storey - Dr. Isaacs
Joey King - Sam
Jenna Purdy - Sphere (Voice)
Garrett Wareing - Bobby
Hays Wellford - Felix
Mckenna Grace - Daisy
James A. Woods - Lt. Ritter
Robert Neary - Captain McQuaide
Joshua Mikel - Armand
Joel Virgel - Jaques
Arturo del Puerto - Bordeaux

Based on Characters/Producer/
Story/Writer/Director - Roland Emmerich
Based on Characters/Story/
Writer/Producer - Dean Devlin
Story/Screenplay - Nicolas Wright and James A. Woods 
Screenplay - James Vanderbilt
Executive Producers - Ute Emmerich, Larry J. Franco 
and Carsten H.W. Lorenz
Producer/Music - Harald Kloser
Co-Producer/Visual Effects Supervisor - Volker Engel
Co-Producer - Marco Shepherd
Production Designer - Barry Chusid

Vehicle Concept Designer - Mark Yang
Costume Designer - Lisy Christl
Director of Photography - Markus Forderer
Visual Effects Producer - Marc Weigert
Additional Visual Effects Supervisor - Douglas Smith
Visual Effects Supervisor: Weta Digital - Matt Aitken
Film Editor - Adam Wolfe
Music - Thomas Wanker

In 1996, the first INDEPENDENCE DAY movie (click herethrilled audiences across the globe with a massive impact and a huge money shot of the big alien spaceship destroying the landmark of the White House. Now history is to repeat itself with the latest sequel now produced as a huge visual extravaganza, but is more dumb and bigger than the original blockbuster. I wasn't sure INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE would succeed without Will Smith returning as one of the main leads from the original. This new movie would have been more nostalgic if Smith did indeed reprise his role, but unfortunately he was too expensive for the sequel. Aside the absence from the middle-aged actor Smith, his character is no longer essential to the complete story-line and is written off in the director's favour. RESURGENCE is still colourful and fully action-driven, but it isn't enough to outshine the unwarranted aspects like the new characters that were uninteresting as well as some awkward pacing.

Fans will sorely miss the presence of Will Smith and instead be thankful for the returns of Jeff Golblum and Bill Pullman who both haven't changed a bit in their roles after twenty years. Even Brent Spiner is clearly having a blast to return as the eccentric and mad scientist Dr. Okun and has more screen-time than he was in the first. The new actor Liam Hemsworth is trying to be better than Will Smith, but is a cliche and carbon-copy of that character and doesn't have much to develop.

The 90s are maybe over, but RESURGENCE isn't only trying to relive its past, it is trying to evolve into the modern era from which the technology of vfx has changed a lot. Unfortunately, the script-writing hasn't improved in the end since the 90s and that's why I thought RESURGENCE was an average sequel.

Star rating: (5/10) Average 


  1. Good review! Too bad they couldn't make this one work. I feel like it probably still wouldn't have been very good even if Will Smith had been in it.

    1. Well, at least it tried to be and it didn't match the standards of the original either.