Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)


Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. But will mankind’s new space defenses be enough? (IMDb)
Nothing wrong with a big, brainless sci-fi (see its predecessor) but it’s got to have at least some dramatic weight, be decently acted, have a character to care about as well as some good one-liners. This film fails on almost all counts: The exposition and pep talks are beyond cheesy, the performances often bad, the characters too numerous and forgettable (save for Drs. Okun and Isaac’s cute couple) and the one-liners in one ear out the other, save for one: “They like to get the landmarks”.
4/10 (Bad)


Independence Day (1996)


The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind’s best weapon is the will to survive.  (IMDb)
All of the ingredients are here for a classic blockbuster sci-fi: The U.S. president, the army (Smith brings the swagger), and the science-y guy (Goldblum is hilarious), with dashes of personal side-plots; aliens, missiles, and explosions; a back-and-forth first act introducing the different players and places and a big triumphant climax. It’s cliche, has some questionable SFX, and lacks action, but with a good helping of memorable characters and humourous dialogue, it remains entertaining.
6.5/10 (Alright)