The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - MOVIE REVIEWS WITH LEIGH PAATSCH -

US, 121 min

The same aliens who were de­feated 20 years ago in the orig­i­nal In­de­pen­dence Day have re­turned for a re­match, this time with their ugly, creepy-crawly queen as their bat­tle­field leader. The vis­i­tors also have a mas­sive new mother­ship: a sin­is­ter black disc with a di­am­e­ter mea­sur­ing an At­lantic Ocean-cov­er­ing 5000km. So the smart money should be on the away team, right? Wrong. Down here on Earth, a re­sis­tance move­ment comes to­gether quickly to an­swer the call to arms from Amer­ica’s first fe­male pres­i­dent (Sela Ward). As an ex­cuse for much mind­less ac­tion – and awe­some spe­cial ef­fects – this should be an ef­fi­cient enough blueprint to de­liver what view­ers are af­ter. How­ever, Resur­gence in­ex­pli­ca­bly over-com­pli­cates a sim­ple equa­tion by stuff­ing too many un­nec­es­sary old and new char­ac­ters (plus many in­con­se­quen­tial side­kicks) into all avail­able gaps. Stars Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Gold­blum.

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