Twenty years have passed since the first Independence Day movie crashed into theaters. When you watch the original movie, it ages pretty well. You don’t realize how long ago this movie actually came out (1996)—until you see the phones and computers they are using. Yikes.
Independence Day: Resurgence is a blast for sci-fi fans. It picks up 20 years later (2016) and shows what would the world look like if, in the late 90s, aliens had almost destroyed us. How would that change how nations interact with each other? How would technology have advanced with our new access to alien technology? Most of the old characters are back, with the notable exception of Will Smith’s Steve Hill.
The world has been preparing for the return of the aliens, setting up defenses and convincing a whole new generation that if the aliens come back- they can be defeated. But…the aliens have also had 20 years to prepare. And it won’t be as simple as a computer virus to defeat them this time.
This is a very simple movie—straight up good guys vs. bad guys, and the good guys all work together to defeat the bad guys. The aliens are bigger, the ships are bigger, and the destruction is bigger. Dr. Brakish Okun (Brent Spiner) is back and his character gets expanded, which was the biggest surprise to me. One of the reasons I believe the original movie stands the test of time so well is because it didn’t take itself too seriously. Independence Day was a little corny, and ID2 follows suit.
Independence Day: Resurgence is a rollercoaster of fun. I’ll very likely see it again and will probably buy the DVD. Though if you didn’t care for the original Independence Day, much of the appeal will probably be lost on you, because much of the storyline and humor relies heavily on the audience having seen and enjoyed the first movie.
There is no sexual content (other than brief nudity) and minimal profanity. Most of the movie is sci-fi action and disaster movie level destruction. I only have two criticisms on Independence Day: Resurgence as a whole. First, there were multiple little storylines that felt like they didn’t go anywhere or were incomplete. Second, I found it very hard to take the other aliens seriously when it looked just like Marvin, the Paranoid Robot, from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Look at this thing below. See what I mean?
Heidi Joelle is professional minion by day and a writer, editor, and reader by night. She can be coaxed from the house by the sound of a good adventure, or traveling somewhere new. Her Saint Bernard, Smokey, and problem-solving cat, Diamond, bring extra joy to daily life.