Resurgence of name, not ideas
INDEPENDENCE Day: Resurgence would surely be the least necessary and least anticipated sequel of 2016 were it not for the frankly baffling release of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 earlier this year.
It has been 20 years since Independence Day burst on to screens with a lot of hype and ground-breaking special effects, but history has not been kind to it; the threadbare plot, twodimensional characters, cheesy dialogue and unironic American jingo- ism made it B-grade at best rather.
But Hollywood is all about nostalgia, so the Independence Day brand has been dusted off in the hopes of creating a sci-fi franchise to compete with Star Wars and the plethora of superhero movies from Marvel and DC.
The plot, what there is of it, is unchanged from the original: aliens land (again) on Earth and destroy many of its landmarks (again) before a group of plucky Americans rise up against them (again).
Resurgence hits many of the same beats as the original, with many of the same twodimensional characters, cheesy dialogue, average quips and even going so far as to replicate some of the scenes.
Any time it tries to develop characters or build relationships, it grinds to a halt.
Resurgence seems unsure of what it is – sequel, remake or reboot – except that it wants to be the start of a new franchise.
But if it seemed like an unnecessary sequel before, watching it only seems to drive home that point.
Watch the original again instead.
Liam Hemsworth stars in Independence Day: Resurgence.