Twenty years after mysterious aliens nearly wiped out humankind, they're back
with a vengeance in the explosive sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence! Using
recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth developed a vast defense
program to protect the planet.
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To celebrate the 4th of July I thought I would watch Independence Day followed by the sequel ID Resurgence which I only saw once, right after it was released on BluRay. I guess I must have forgotten it because it took watching them both in a row to realize how TERRIBLE the sequel was. The original is one of my favorite movies - the sequel tried to cover all the same plots, cliches and similar type characters - it failed miserably. The character development was non-existent and I didn't care at all about who lived or died. The special effects were so over the top that they had no realistic semblance at all. A good special effect shouldn't look like a special effect - otherwise what is the point? I felt truly sorry for the stars who repeated their characters in this one - they must have really needed the money. Toward the end I began to wonder if Roland Emmerich had actually directed this. I am thinking that it may have been directed by a space-alien in a Roland Emmerich costume. To the reviewers that gave this a 4 or 5 star rating I suggest watching them together. You might come away with a different opinion.
Reviewed in the United States on December 15, 2019
I'm somewhat baffled by the negative reviews of this film. I enjoyed the hell out of it! I loved the first one, and while I admit the character development was weaker in the sequel, I found that to be a plus- I could ignore love stories and fractured relationships being mended and just enjoy a relatively light-hearted "Us vs Aliens" shoot-em-up, with awesome special effects and some much appreciated humor. I missed Will Smith for about 15 minutes, then I forgot all about him. While I love Will and think he's a very talented actor, his absence allowed some of the other actors a chance to shine. I particularly enjoyed Brent Spiner's character, as it developed a bit more in the sequel.
To each his own, but for me, this movie was a hit!
Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2017
I remember seeing the first Independence Day and being blown away. From the characters to the story, everything was a magnificent experience. So when the sequel was announced and finally made, I was thrilled....only to be disappointed. Unfortunately the film falls into the "not as good as the first one" category. While the film is entertaining for what it is, the story was fairly flat and the characters just weren't the same anymore. Not sure how to explain it...it's almost as if the "wow" factor just wasn't there anymore. Anywho, I would recommend anyone wanting to see it to rent it or Netflix it before purchase.
Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2017
I really wish I didn't own this movie. There's absolutely no reason to watch it again. Some of the awkward goofy humor in this movie is just so cringeworthy and doesn't jive at all w/ the overall theme/plot, which is horrendously written and acted out.
Reviewed in the United States on November 22, 2016
Lots of shooting and action. No plot development or character development. Same characters (best I could tell) but interrelations where sparse. Going to a shooting range with a group of strangers might give you the same effect! (Leave your ear plugs out.)The original movie got us interested in the characters. This one - not so much.
This is a decent summer popcorn action flick, and nothing more. It does not live up to the glory of the original, and feels like it has less inspired characters. The destruction is less intense, as is the sense of impending doom compared to the original. Maybe it's hard for me to look at this in a positive light due to being a kid when the original was released, but this movie is a fine use of two hours on its own, and also sets the stage for the advancement of a story a lot of us liked. Hopefully Emmerich does a better job with the proposed Stargate reboot. ID4:R had the potential to be great, instead it is just a fun flick.
Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2019
I bought this for one reason and that reason is because my grandson wanted it. Anyone who is thinking that this movie is as great as the first is in for an unpleasant surprise. First of all twenty years, gimme a break! I would like to know what happened to David's wife Connie, why doesn't he have children? Miss Fox's character is a doctor, I don't think so! What happened to Russell's kids, where are they at? There isn't a story line at all and it seems as though it's all about the special effects. Don't get me wrong I enjoy special effects but the point is that it should appear as though it's a natural part of the movie. Hollywood is trying to hard to check off all the polite crap boxes (race, sexes, homosexuality, hatred of men and all the other groups) but they have lost the art and ability to create a great movie because of the boxes they believe they have to check off. Frankly there was only a few great actors and actresses in the movie and the rest, one just doesn't care if they live or die. They decided to bring back a dead character from the original movie because he's a fun crazy version of Russell, comedy relief. Fox,Pullman, Goldblum, Hirsch, Ward, and Fichtner are well crafted in the acting world. I still don't like this movie but I will bite my tongue and watch it with my grandson again and just pretend that I enjoy the movie for him. Bless Hollywood's Dear Heart, they got so involved in checking off their PC boxes, they forgot to write a great script:(
Reviewed in the United States on December 20, 2016
Action is awesome but the rest of the movie leaves too many unanswered questions. Stars end up not being important in this movie, people died without any explanation. The 'Doc' that died in movie 1 ends up in a coma for 20 yrs, wakes up and walks out of hospital room back into action...Insult our intelligence PLEASE!!! Oh and the Harvester Queen...who thought up that big oversized creature??? Only thing this movie did is set-up the next installment of what could be some epic space battles!
4.0 out of 5 starsSo-so Compared to 1st Movie, Great as a Stand-alone Sci-fi Adventure
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 8, 2019
If you're going to compare this directly to the first movie then it's fair to say that in comparison that yes, this sequel isn't a patch on it and is probably only 3 stars at best. At the very least, this film by default loses the element of surprise and could never be seen as original or groundbreaking. But as a stand alone film which just exists in the same universe at a different time (20 years later, to be precise) with some of the same characters then I think it's a great fun sci-fi alien adventure and is easy to switch off to and enjoy. Yes, big parts of it are cheesy, characters are mostly walking cliches who are dripped in plot armor so that they generally survive impossible and ridiculous odds and the American dominance dream is a little heavy here and there in its clunky message, but its a Hollywood sci-fi blockbuster, so you have to expect a little of that in most such films of this size with a big budget.
The CGI is pretty relentless but it does it well, so why not? It's the kind of movie which lends itself incredibly well to CGI, and blinding the viewer from the holes in the story with big shiny space ships, future tech, aliens and huge epic invasion style sequences works for me and is a fun way to relax and and let yourself be dazzled by the magic of modern cinema whilst switching your brain off! It's not going to win any Oscars, it's not going to change your life in anyway or endow you with any new found knowledge, but it will pass a couple of hours by quite harmlessly if you allow it to and enjoy sci-fi/disaster/invasion style movies with lots of special effects, pretty people and awesome space lasers.
2.0 out of 5 starsDon't Bother, it's money down the Drain.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 25, 2019
I do not make a habit of writing short and somewhat unhelpful reviews so I am sorry. Please don't expect this to be anything like the original. We are in what seems to be a science fiction movie so a lot of the movie takes place in space. I have given two stars for the constant excellent service by AMAZON. As for the film Well......that is just crap. Save your money....I am sure there is something more interesting you need. That box of nails and screws you need for the Garden Shed. Your partner is not going to stop nagging you.
4.0 out of 5 starsSuperb 3D CGI space opera, let down by heavily clichéd weak script
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 22, 2020
Watching Independence Day Resurrection in 3D was quite an experience in our family, one I don’t know if I enjoyed as an SF fan, or if I should forget it.
Half of us are die-hard SF fans and we could ignore the hackneyed script and just enjoy the superb 3D and wonderful imagination of the CGI artists and the excellent 7.1 surround sound. It takes the original and winds the effects up to eleven.
The other half (not SF fans) were playing “Hollywood Cliché Bingo” and hooting with laughter most of the way through the film. They reckoned it was their highest scoring film in many years, with gratuitous clichés squeezed into almost impossible spots in relentless rapid succession, often even simultaneously – a true committee creation.
Choose carefully who you watch the film with. Perhaps I should watch it again in one of the foreign languages, maybe Spanish, to avoid the distractions, they all support the 5.1 surround experience.
As usual the extras are well worth a look, and in some instances better than the film.
4.0 out of 5 starsBetter than I had expected it to be....
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 4, 2017
From all the gloomy comments I didn't really expect to enjoy this movie - but I did!! OK, it was not as good as the first Independence Day, but I wasn't expecting it to be; but if you look at it as just another doom & disaster movie it was a fun film to watch. I think part of the problem was that the new characters didn't really have much 'star' impact and I most enjoyed the film when some of the original actors were on screen - it was interesting to see them 20 years on.
1.0 out of 5 starsCan't tell you what this film is like because it has the most ridiculous DRM (Digital Rights ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 2, 2017
Can't tell you what this film is like because it has the most ridiculous DRM (Digital Rights Management) I have ever come across - you need to input a code to access the content - it is supposed to get that code automatically from the Internet - if you are connected. Fails on that count, clearly I'm connected - Then you get a URL to type in which after 4 or 5 attempts gives a code that contains Numbers and Letters that are difficult to distingush between. After 45 Mins I finally tried the TEXT option which is an attempt to text an American number, I am still waiting a reply - this will undoubtly cost me.
Amazon need to indicate if this type of DRM is required on a product. You need some tech savy to obtain access, which some people do not have. Had I purchased this has a present then I would be horrified that I foisted this on to someone else.
1.0 out of 5 starsDire - insult to all thinking cinema audiences everywhere.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 23, 2020
Dire, special effects with no ‘human’ story - just appalling collection of ‘off the shelf’ Hollywood phrases souped together into a childish script, (apologies to children, a child could do better at writing a script than this). Not an export America should want the intelligent world to see! Not worth even a fraction of a star
very good film, but a few things in it were wrong or changed so didn't make sense, like the dancer in the first one, was a nurse in this one, The main person in the first one who got back with his ex wife, she wasn't in it or anything what happen to her, still a good film, but nothing like the first one
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 26, 2018
Disappointed with this movie. Just felt it tried too hard to be bigger than the first, too many characters to follow so were not developed well so i believe lacked depth. Plus felt the attempt to link the previous invasion to the new was also weak. Clear attempt to leave it open to more movies but again, felt story writing was poor with how this was done. Just my opinion obviously but not enjoyable.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 18, 2016
It's no surprise to find this film is pretty awful going by the reviews. But considering it was mastered in 4K, I expected the picture quality to be stunning. The first half of the film is very grainy,so while you look for grain you don't have to follow the rubbish on the screen. It doesn't get much better quality in the second half for the grain or the film. It's surprising how many actors from the 1st film jumped on board for this mess. Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich should be ashamed.
3.0 out of 5 starsExcitement, laughs and lots of fun
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 22, 2016
I enjoyed this film, but then I didn't take it too seriously. There are some great returns from actors who were in the original and a lot of blasting but its a shame that the film never really lifts itself out of what I consider to be 3 star territory.
Will Smith is sadly missed here, it would have made for a better film if he had returned. I felt his screen son lacked the charisma of Will Smith. They could even have had him as a cameo, not dead as presumed but inside the alien probe, fused to alien tech. Why not take the old president as the stand in, in this time of emergency? Why some general? Great performance from the eccentric scientist, he really lifts this film.
The film seems to hint at a third film. Would be nice to Will back for number 3. He's out there somewhere, write him in as not dead in the deep space crash as presumed but among the aliens.
3.0 out of 5 starsbut having seen it again its not to bad the special effects are very good
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 26, 2018
When I first saw this movie at the cinama I thought by the end of the film I had a numbness in my brain, but having seen it again its not too bad, the special effects are very good. Think they are trying to use special effects to make up for a weak storyline as so many movies try to do now . Worth watching not much more to be said.
3.0 out of 5 starsIt,s OK, a distraction for when there's nothing else on TV
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 25, 2016
I was a bit disappointed with this film, I loved Independence Day but this in my opinion was a poor sequel. I was hoping for a strong story line and stunning CGI, nevertheless it was an entertaining watch (I'm into everything Sci-Fi) but having watched it I would say I should've waited for it to come out on terrestrial TV