Independence Day: Resurgence
ID4 was definitely a game changer for Will Smith, but it also had a direct connect with the audiences. Yes, it wasn’t the first film of its kind to predict alien invasion, but it was different in its approach and also in the manner its President Whitmore (Bill Pullman) unified the world in a roaring speech, which resonates team over self even today. It had David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum, fresh on the success of another disaster franchisee) the unwilling scientist who was torn between love for wife and presidency. It has a conspiracy theorist Jewish dad (Judd Hirsch) who could tell you why a toilet seat cost 200 bucks. It also had an excitable Dr. Okun (Brent Spiner) who was used by the alien captive to communicate.
And why am I wasting a whole para on writing about the original, because that’s exactly what this movie does, in spending around a good 20 minutes trying to recap what happened 2 decades ago. Interestingly the only characters you sort of connect with are also these, barring the fact that Smith is not there anymore and there is the Deobia Oparei / Nicholas Wright bromance of an African Warlord and a government accountant who team up, eventually.
So Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe, Jessie T. Usher, Travis Tope and Angelababy as the new crop of world savers under the leadership of William Fichtner, basically just try and do whatever it is that they are supposed to be doing, that is basically say cheesy oneliners to each other in the name of saving the country and the world, epitomised by “I wasn’t saving the world, I was saving you”. All of them fighting for poor to worse in the performance categories.
Why the movie is a waste of money, especially in the IMAX format, is that there is not a single moment where you connect with either the characters or whatever is happening on screen. Even when President Whitmore, decides to ride the flight, you don’t care a rat’s ass and only want the whole thing to get over by then.
Quite a few inconsistent moments of editing and logic, mar this CGI advertisement of what the Emmerich / Devlin duo are capable of make things only worse. There is no logic in the film whatsoever.
Am not one against sequels / franchisees, but this one really lets you down… and how! Come to think of it, they are planning another sequel……
Does it have The Y Factor : NO
RATING : 1/5