INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE (12)
D: Roland Emmerich
20th Century Fox/TSG/Centropolis (Dean Devlin, Harald Kloser & Roland Emmerich)
W: Nicolas Wright, James A. Woods, Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich & James Vanderbilt
DP: Markus Förderer
Ed: Adam Wolfe
Mus: Thomas Wander & Harald Kloser
Liam Hemsworth (Jake Morrison), Jeff Goldblum (David Levinson), Jessie Usher (Dylan Hiller), Bill Pullman (Thomas J. Whitmore), Maika Monroe (Patricia Whitmore), Sela Ward (President Elizabeth Lanford), William Fichtner (Joshua T. Adams), Judd Hirsch (Julian Levinson), Brent Spiner (Dr. Okun), Angelababy (Rain Lao)
Independence Day: Regurgitated would be a much more fitting title, although some may argue that this is a sequel that shouldn't exist at all.
Set in an alternative present day, 20 years after the events in the first film, mankind has rebuilt society and made improvements to Earth's defence using alien technology, this is all to no avail however when the mother of all motherships is on approach to teach humans who the real boss of the universe is, but it's only America that's in any real danger.
Will Smith bowed out of appearing in this sequel, possibly because the production couldn't afford his salary, but most likely because he didn't fancy the script. Nevertheless, his character's son steps into the shoes of a top gun pilot and characters from the original film are resurrected, often needlessly, especially in the case of Dr. Okun, in a coma for 20 years and awakens just to provide some pathetic comic relief. Judd Hirsch is also needlessly wasted, returning in a cameo role as Jeff Goldblum's incredibly Jewish father. Even Eve from Wall•E turns up to instruct us foolish peasants on how to defeat the evil alien species.
The film is a blatant cash-grab, which isn't surprising considering how bankable the first film was, but what's less forgiving is how boring it is, with action scenes which feel lifted from the deleted scenes of any other doomsday film. Every single acting performance is laughably bad and the terrible CGI effects equally unconvincing.
The first Independence Day was far from perfect, but it was a fun update of 1950's B movies with some excellent crafted model effects, and though the dialogue was cheesy, the action films kept it entertaining. This sequel has absolutely nothing going for it and has to be considered as one of the worst films of 2016. It's certainly one of the most boring. The worst thing of all is that it even sets up a third movie... Hopefully a real alien attack will happen before production begins.