INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE (M)
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.