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Independence Day: Resurgence

5.21 h 59 min2016X-RayHDRUHD12
Twenty years after mysterious aliens nearly wiped out our planet, they're back — with a vengeance — in this explosive sequel to the original blockbuster hit, Independence Day!
Roland Emmerich
Liam HemsworthJeff GoldblumJessie T. Usher
Science FictionAdventureAction
English [CC]
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4.2 out of 5 stars

8686 global ratings

  1. 60% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 17% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 13% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 5% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 5% of reviews have 1 stars
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Mr LaneyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 May 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Terrible beyond belief.
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This film was awful. Every character was unlikable and a cliche. The script was sappy and full of platitudes, and I have no idea how the actors delivered their lines with a straight face.
Situations presented to the audience were utterly ridiculous; for example a patient who’d been in a coma and on a drip for 20 years suddenly woke looking healthy and walked down the hall from his bed, into a prison full of aliens completely unquestioned and free of security.
One of the Hemsworths was in it and was very pretty to look at, and actually did a good job with his terribly written character. Jeff Goldbloom, pretty much played Dr Ian Malcolm from JP, but that was ok.
It was nice they cast a female president like ‘24’.
Not sure if the aliens won or not because I fell asleep near the end and woke up to a line declaring something about travelling into space to go to war, maybe???
10 people found this helpful
R. F. StevensReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 March 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Superb 3D CGI space opera, let down by heavily clichéd weak script
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Watching Independence Day Resurrection in 3D was quite an experience in our family, one I don’t know if I enjoyed as an SF fan, or if I should forget it.

Half of us are die-hard SF fans and we could ignore the hackneyed script and just enjoy the superb 3D and wonderful imagination of the CGI artists and the excellent 7.1 surround sound. It takes the original and winds the effects up to eleven.

The other half (not SF fans) were playing “Hollywood Cliché Bingo” and hooting with laughter most of the way through the film. They reckoned it was their highest scoring film in many years, with gratuitous clichés squeezed into almost impossible spots in relentless rapid succession, often even simultaneously – a true committee creation.

Choose carefully who you watch the film with. Perhaps I should watch it again in one of the foreign languages, maybe Spanish, to avoid the distractions, they all support the 5.1 surround experience.

As usual the extras are well worth a look, and in some instances better than the film.
7 people found this helpful
Anonymous 125Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 September 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Fast action, full of twists & turns as you'd expect, well worth the money - bargain at £5.99
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Now for the full review:

This story carries on 20 years to the day (4th of July) from the last film. Will Smith does not star in this one, his son has grown up and his step-son is played by Jessie Usher, a pilot in the film, but is not 'the main character'. His mum is played by Vivica A Fox, who played his mum in the first film.

(Don't worry no spoilers here except for a small nudity warning)

Jeff Goldblum is back, with his dad who even with death crouching at his behind still has time to crack a few jokes. Bill Pullman stars as the retired 'Mr President' and his daughter is played by Maika Monroe who is dating the films starring actor and pilot 'Liam Hemmsworth'. Oh and guess who else makes an appearance, Brent Spinner, (small warning, he has his butt hanging out of a hospital gown for a couple of seconds of the film, so if you don't wanna see it blink when you see him getting out of his bed and walking down the corridor and the camera panning up his legs.)

That's, It guys, don't want to spoil the film or the ending , hopefully they make another one, but we'll just have to wait and see if another one has been agreed or not. Well worth paying £5.99 as I did.

Brilliant cast, Brilliant acting: - If you find this review helpful please add a thumbs up.
12 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 October 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
It was alright - just your average sci-fi movie flick with a lot of action and CGI effects. Two negative points to mention...
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It was alright - just your average sci-fi movie flick with a lot of action and CGI effects. I must however point out two drawbacks (for the 2 stars taken away): the new characters did not have the "star" impact as the previous film version - older cast members killed off (Will Smith). Also, they did not give a proper explanation to account for the vast change in new cast members i.e. their previous history/backgrounds (friendships/relationships). It could have started off with one of the new characters waking up from having a nightmare (about events they remembered 20 years back) when the the first alien invasion took place as a child. Or maybe a character from the last film version coming up in the beginning to give an opening narration of what had transpired over the last 20 years to build up the momentum for what could possibly happen next (a good 10 - 15 minutes?) in this one? Just my opinion.
18 people found this helpful
MrReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 August 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Perfect. (Or as close as it's possible to get.)
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4.5/5 star film to me, or 4/5 of anyone's money. I do not understand the hate against this film. I didn't understand the hate against the first either.

The sci-fi in this film was pretty much cutting edge. The prospect of a further sequel as suggested at the end of Resurgence, is good news to me.

There is talk of cheesiness in other people's reviews, but that's virtually unfounded in my opinion. However I think this film had a lot of pressure on it, given the split nature over opinion of the first film. I think this delivered. I bought it just now (on digital download) and watched it straight away. I am glad that I did, and I will definitely watch it again. (EDIT: Watched it on the second night of owning it too. Twice in two days - good movie.)

I think the complaints about a lot of CGI being used is unfounded too. I viewed this in HD and the visuals are first rate.
11 people found this helpful
Von ClausewiczReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 February 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Over-egged retelling of 'War of the Worlds', 'Independence Day 1 style'
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Sequels are rarely better than the originals. This one certainly isn't. The "original" 'Independence Day' (No 1, I suppose) was effectively a retelling of the (quite good!) 1953 version of the story set in then modern-day California, and it was itself a poor imitation. This supposed sequel essentially reprises the same storyline with the same events packaged up a bit differently and loaded up with CGI special effects which are presumably there only to distract the viewer from the lack of originality in the plot. The only performance which stood out at all was that of Jeff Goldblum, doing his Jurassic Park impression one more time, complete with designer stubble which hadn't seen a barber in a while. As for the rest their concept of military discipline wouldn't win any wars, let alone an existential War of the Worlds waged against a hive species with better technology and inevitably better discipline. Who would you expect to win? Not that lot, certainly. Too much hubris, both individually and collectively. At least the aliens just got on with it, obvious vulnerability and all. An insult to the intelligence of a 12 year-old.

And where are these aliens coming from? The nearest star is 4 and a half light years away and is a triplet which would make evolution impossible. Realistically we are talking 10 light years minimum and the velocity of light is still an absolute limitation, even 0.1 C would be pretty impressive. Hyperdrives are magical fantasies which if hypothetically realised would drown science in a sea of contradictions. So that's 100 years to get here (and 100 years back!) Minimum. Naaah!

I don't think Amazon will let me do another movie review :-)
Charlene G.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 March 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Doesn't improve on a second viewing
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Having watched this shortly after it's release a few years back and thinking it was very poor I thought it might look better on a second viewing as my expectations would be much lower. I can confirm that in this case it has not improved, it is a pale imitation of the original, which let's face it was never a brilliant or intelligent film in the first place. What ID1 did have going for it was an excellent first half, where the aliens arrive, move into position and inevitably attack, there was none of the sense of scale or foreboding in this silly follow up, just a case of willing the plot to get a move on so we can get past the mess of a beginning. After this though it never really gets any better, just silly cliched characters doing stupid, unbelievable things. There are a lot of other problems in there too but I think you get the idea, it's not a good film!
One person found this helpful
Mrs. HatterReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 June 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
So-so Compared to 1st Movie, Great as a Stand-alone Sci-fi Adventure
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If you're going to compare this directly to the first movie then it's fair to say that in comparison that yes, this sequel isn't a patch on it and is probably only 3 stars at best. At the very least, this film by default loses the element of surprise and could never be seen as original or groundbreaking. But as a stand alone film which just exists in the same universe at a different time (20 years later, to be precise) with some of the same characters then I think it's a great fun sci-fi alien adventure and is easy to switch off to and enjoy. Yes, big parts of it are cheesy, characters are mostly walking cliches who are dripped in plot armor so that they generally survive impossible and ridiculous odds and the American dominance dream is a little heavy here and there in its clunky message, but its a Hollywood sci-fi blockbuster, so you have to expect a little of that in most such films of this size with a big budget.

The CGI is pretty relentless but it does it well, so why not? It's the kind of movie which lends itself incredibly well to CGI, and blinding the viewer from the holes in the story with big shiny space ships, future tech, aliens and huge epic invasion style sequences works for me and is a fun way to relax and and let yourself be dazzled by the magic of modern cinema whilst switching your brain off! It's not going to win any Oscars, it's not going to change your life in anyway or endow you with any new found knowledge, but it will pass a couple of hours by quite harmlessly if you allow it to and enjoy sci-fi/disaster/invasion style movies with lots of special effects, pretty people and awesome space lasers.
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