This week for Teen Book Talk, our reviewer went to see Independence Day: Resurgence and has a review to share about the movie. (The movie is not yet available in the library catalog, as the DVD has not been released at the time of this review).
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Neha H., Teen Reviewer
This is the tagline for Independence Day: Resurgence, the action‐packed sequel to 1996’s highest‐grossing film. It features plenty of undeniably impressive visual effects, but is a shallow attempt at recapturing the exhilaration and success of its predecessor.
Resurgence stars an ensemble cast of Jessie Usher, Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward, and Charlotte Gainsbourg, with Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Brent Spiner,
and Vivica A. Fox reprising their roles. Notably missing is Will Smith, who played the charming original protagonist, Captain Steven Hiller ‐ his circumstances of death are very vaguely conveyed in the film.
Directed by Roland Emmerich, the film takes place twenty years following the disastrous events of Independence Day, after which world nations have deeply studied extraterrestrial technology and formed the Earth Space Defense organization (ESD).
However, as the Fourth of July approaches, the ESD becomes embroiled in a second battle with alien invaders, who attack with exceptional force. Once again, teams of scientists collaborate with valiant fighter pilots and the President of the United States to save the world from a seemingly insurmountable foe.
The plot feels tired and hollow; it attempts at originality, but is such a disaster that one begins to wonder whether a sequel was even necessary. The plethora of special effects just couldn’t compensate for the shaky storyline with its abysmal writing.
This largely “spectacle‐driven blockbuster” has drawn generally unfavorable reviews from seasoned critics. Even with its visceral thrills, Resurgence cannot make up for its overall deficiencies in ingenuity and emotional warmth, making it stand incontrovertibly pale in comparison to the 1996 original.