Starring: Liam Hemsworth(Jake Morrison), Jeff Goldbium (David Levinson), Bill Pullman(Thomas J. Whitmore), Maika Monroe (Patricia Whitmore), Jessie Usher (Dylan Dubrow-Hiller), Sela Ward (President Elizabeth Lanford), Travis Tope (Charlie Ritter), Brent Spiner (Dr. Brakish Okun), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Dr. Catherine Marceaux), William Fichtner (Joshua Adams)
Director: Roland Emmerich
Music: Harald Kloser, Thomas Wanker
Cinematography and Screenplay: Markus Förderer, Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin, Nicolas Wright, James A. Woods, James Vanderbilt
Independence Day – The Resurgence had many people excited , hoping it would be as amazing and entertaining as its prequel back in 1996. The last time we saw Jeff Goldbium, Bill Pullman, Will Smith and Brent Spiner save the world from an alien attack the attempt was much more exhilarating and appreciated. With some of the prequel stars making their entry into the sequel you do find some of the old spice returning but still most of the ingredients seem missing.
Director Roland Emmerich sets an exciting opening where the scientists, Jeff Goldbium and Charlotte Gainsbourg figure out that the earth is going to face a similar and larger attack as the one in 1996. Considering the initial 20 to 30 minutes to be the build up to a mouthwatering alien – human fight , what unfolds later is an absolute catastrophe. As the movie progresses, it becomes tasteless and increasingly stretched and you are faced with the desire to storm out of the cinema hall. The movie is not only uninteresting but also makes you realise you are watching a typical 1990’s Bollywood drama, where the son comes charging in to save his mom and the father pushes his daughter behind to sacrifice himself.
The new comers into the series, Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward, Jessie Usher and Travis Tope dazzle the screens on their first appearance but as the movie unfold it feels that they are just taking a walk in the park. Brent Spiner, Jeff Goldbium and William Fichtner play a major role in making you feel you are watching the sequel of a classic as they are the only standouts and ensure a certain degree of interest in this 120 minute monotonous ride. With an otherwise relentless and dull script the only thing you are left to like are the fascinating action sequences and a few hilarious moments, making the movie nothing more than an average presentation. The music and screenplay are no good as they make no effort to even come close to the effect of the 1996 classic.
After a 2 hour disaster, the makers try and woe the viewers with a link to a third part, which is again both inane and needless. From my point of view, Independence day – the Resurgence is a waste of both time and money and would not recommend watching it even if you are jobless or would have received a salary bonus.
My Rating: 1.0/5