Independence day resurgence MOVIE REVIEW
Twenty years back, this film that had humans fighting against an alien invasion released and became a smash hit.That was way back in 1996. Roland Emmerich who is an expert with disaster and creature films tries a sequel to his Independence Day titled as Resurgence. Now, most of us who saw the prequel have a special attachment to that film. For me, it has a special place and has many moments that is still in my memories that lifted my spirits and gave lot of motivation.
Independence Day: Resurgence fails to attain that emotional attachment towards it and ends up as a pretty ordinary film. It’s not such a bad movie to be discarded but has no surprises in it if we have seen the first part. Following a similar pattern of fighting against the alien invaders, Resurgence has used the current technological support in a better way which was not available to such a huge level twenty years back. So on that note, the visuals has that extra cut making it look awesome on the big screen.
After the victory against the aliens, twenty years have passed and no one gave a thought as to whether they will reappear again. But few people do thought on that and their thought process turned into reality as the invaders of 1996 comes back in a bigger space ship with more power and on a stronger platform.
Now it’s up to the US Government and those who are involved with space defence to give them a befitting reply. The fight is modeled exactly on a similar pattern that was executed in the previous mission and some of the director’s previous films offering no surprises and freshness at all.
There are some impressive sequences in the film but the element of surprise is nullified making the film a less appealing one. The film misses the spirit and energy of the prequel and lacks in making a solid punch. Visuals are very good but three dimensional viewing didn’t make much of a difference.
The writing fails to bring in some emotional quotient and quite naturally, one wouldn’t feel sad or depressed when any untoward happening to any of the characters in Resurgence occur. Most of the characters from the prequel return except Will Smith who was not considered after the actor demanded a hefty price as his remuneration. So we have those memorable characters like the then US President Thomas Whitmore, Satellite Engineer David and the eccentric scientist Dr.Brackish. Also, Captain Steven Hiller’s widow Jasmine appear in a cameo.
Some newly added characters are also introduced in the process by Roland Emmerich to bring in more depth into the story that is just a re- rehearsal of what was shown to us gears back. Apart from its visual appeal and nostalgic feel created by the predecessor, Independence Day : Resurgence ends up as an average film for me and slightly on a disappointing note. I am going with two and a half out of five for this film; not to be thrown into the dust bin but at the same time not a must watch either. The choice is yours!!!
Rating – 2.5 / 5