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Independence Day: Resurgence

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Roland Emmerich

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About the Movie

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. But nothing could prepare us for the next invasion—and only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can save our world from extinction!

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 196
  • Fresh: 61
  • Rotten: 135
  • Average Rating: 4.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The results are predictably predictable if rarely entertainingly risible, with swaths of exposition and dialogue that sounds like ads ("one people, one world"). – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Jun 24, 2016

Rotten: Disposable and shockingly inept. – Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly, Jun 24, 2016

Rotten: The only thing resurgent in this humorless alien mess is Hollywood's passion to charge us more and deliver less. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Jun 24, 2016

Rotten: You can forgive Independence Day: Resurgence for being ridiculous -- its predecessor was too. But you can't forgive it for being boring. – Stephanie Zacharek, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2016

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Customer Reviews

Kevin’s Corner: Critic for the Times

Independence Day: Resurgence has a plot that makes absolutely no sense! The film starts out with Jeff Goldblum visiting Africa, then aliens start to invade for no reason, next thing you know, random spaceship battles + elaborate military jargon = a queen alien with a machine gun chasing a school bus full of kids…??? I have no earthly idea what the writers were thinking when they came up with the script but clearly the term “coherent story telling” is alien to them. Side Note: If an alien queen can conquer countless worlds in numerous galaxies, why can’t she catch a school bus in the middle of an open desert?
Let me sum up the new main characters for you: Jock, Rival Jock (who becomes friend with other Jock), Nerd, and Girl who Nerd likes. There is also some random warlord from Africa who just walks around with a sword and says awful one-liners every once and a while. Now that we have the one dimensional characters out of the way, we move on to the alumni. Jeff Goldblum plays the same character as usual. He makes slightly amusing, offhanded remarks and is somehow involved in every top secret military program on the planet. But after a short while his character becomes increasingly annoying, mostly because the audience is completely lost 15 minutes into the film and Goldblum isn’t helping to explain anything with his outdated zingers! Bill Pullman’s return is also disappointing, as he is essential written in as Randy Quaid’s character in the original film (right down to the end it would seem). Other returning characters include Vivica A. Fox, Judd Hirsch, and Brent Spiner as Dr. Okun, however, each gives and underwhelming and overall disappointing performance which can best be described as a mixture of bad 90’s nostalgia and the worse acting ever seen since the 90’s!

The end of the film touches on a potential plot point that could have saved this film, or at the very least, made the film a lot more interesting. The final scene of the film explains that there is an intergalactic militia that is preparing to do battle with other aliens in other galaxies and that Earth has been accepted to participate in the program. Now this plot is more reminiscent of the 90’s film Men In Black. This could have been a better blend of the throwback era and contemporary times. It may have actually been more entertaining to see Goldbum, Hirsch, or Pullman interact with aliens of the non-threatening variety. Earthlings coming into contact with beings from another planet, strange customs, new weapons (teleportation, time warps), and a larger scope of the universe, including a more in depth analysis of the attacking aliens (a look at their home planet or an expansion on the fallout of their failed invasion 20 years ago). The amount of material to work with is nearly endless when it comes to alien technology. But instead, we get the Jock, the Rival Jock, the Nerd, and the Girl the Nerd likes. 90’s high school drama seemingly outweighed galactic imagination!

The film is a mess from start to finish. It’s 59% military jargon, 40% random spaceship flying, and 1% aliens. That’s right, for an alien movie, the aliens are barley on screen at all! And the one alien that does make a lengthy appearance is too busy chasing a school bus to seem very menacing. My advice to all Earthlings reading this review:
0 out of 10


This is without a doubt, the worst movie I have ever seen. It is a cliche riddled crapfest populated by uninspired actors and acting, a "go nowhere story" that somehow managed to set us up for the inevitable punishment of a part 3, and attempts at humor that missed the mark so bad, it couldn't even be funny by accident. And this was directed by a guy who called Marvel movies "silly".

It's an explodey, CGI-filled, fun blockbuster.

Okay, no spoilers here. If you've seen the trailers, you already have an idea what it's about. If you're expecting an Oscar-bait movie with an intricate plot and subtle dialogue, then, um, you're an idiot. It's the sequel to "Independence Day". What in bloody hell were you expecting? The movie is filled with "Ashes of the Singularity" numbers of space ships, lots of awesome CGI effects, some hokey scenes and some ridiculous dialogue. Don't judge this movie against "Schindler's List" or "The Piano" or some other dull, migraine-inducing chick flick. This is an action movie about aliens trying to crush us once and for all in a ginormous space ship. Judge it for what it is. A popcorn flick that looks breathtaking on the big screen, and it will no doubt be somewhat diminished on any screen smaller than 60 ft. high. If you want a fun movie and liked "ID4", then get it. You won't be disappointed. If you want something that your Literature professor would recommend for it's complex, nuanced story and acting, then why are you even here? This isn't the movie you're looking for. Go away. No, seriously, go away. Go buy "The Notebook" or something.

Independence Day: Resurgence
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 2016

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  1. Independence Day 2 Film Collection, 20th Century Fox Film