Cast - 70%
Story - 68%
Music Score - 73%
Effects/Quality - 80%
Originality - 58%
We’ve had twenty years to prepare, but did they? An entertaining movie that will have you cheering on humanity once again, but is it necessary?
Independence Day is arguably one of the most famous and memorable disaster movie blockbusters of the 90’s and was so straight forward, wrapped up and sasynced that one might struggle to argue that this film would need or get a sequel. Studio executive clearly thought otherwise and with the help of returning director Roland Emmerich we are treated to the sequel two decades in the making, Independence Day: Resurgence.
It has been twenty years since the alien invasion of 1996 and the people of Earth have entered a new era of peace and mutual cooperation. With the efforts of the ESD (Earth Space Defence), the alien technology used to ravage the planet has been reverse engineered and applied for defensive capabilities to use against them if they should ever dare return. Since there wouldn’t be much of a story otherwise, they do indeed return, and possibly not alone, leading to things hitting the fan.
All the old favourites from the first film return like Jeff Goldblum as David Levinson, Bill Pullman as Thomas Whitmore, Judd Hirsch as Julius Levinson as well as a brand new ensemble cast featuring Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, William Fichtner plus many more and even some more quick cameos from member of the original cast. Will Smith doesn’t return due to commitments to Suicide Squad and while the story explanation for this is good, albeit off screen, there is definitely a big hole left by his absence. Many of the new characters, and older versions of past child characters, do come across as likeable in their time on screen and do a fine job with the roles they are given, some with more emotional arcs than others. The returning characters, while older, still cast a big shadow and steal the movie in each of their scenes. There are many lines and moments that attempt to hearken back to similar moments from the first Independence Day, but tend to not carry the same weight as they did the first time.
There are plenty of jokes and one liners to be had in this film so if you enjoy action blockbusters with a good helping of humour, this will definitely appeal to you. Say what you want about this movie or if they had to make it in the first place, but it does provide plenty of action and impressive visuals. Those looking for a popcorn action film to enjoy on a lazy Sunday afternoon/evening could do much worse than giving Independence Day: Resurgence a try.
Deleted Scenes: A collection of several deleted scenes from different stages of production. Some are obvious why they were not included but others could have stood well in the film too. There is the additional option of turning on commentary from director: Roland Emmerich to get his thoughts on these extra scenes.
Gag Reel: A collection of outtakes from the cast on set. They definitely save the best for last.
The War of 96 (Featurette): A short video in the film universe getting viewers, and the average citizen, up to speed on what the people of Earth have been up to in the last 20 years.
It’s Early, ABQ (Featurette): A fun mock interview of several minutes featuring Julius Levinson promoting his new book on a less than professional morning talk show.
Directors Audio Commentary: Watch the whole film as the director shares his thoughts every step of the way.
Concept Art Gallery: Concept art of many of the alien and earth characters, vehicles and locations.
Reviewed on: DVD
Available on: DVD, Blu-Ray, Digital
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Age Rating: PG 13
Estimated RRP: R100+
Release Date: 24 October 2016
- Impressive visuals and action
- Return of original film characters and cast
- No Will Smith
- President Whitmore isn’t doesn’t get enough deserved moments until the end
- Too much humour?