Independence Day Resurgence (Film Review)

Independence Day Resurgence sees humanity fighting for its freedom once again, the original defenders of earth team up with a new generation to protect our way of life. It has been two decades since the people of earth defeated the alien invasion and they have spent what time they have had to prepare for the next attack but will it be enough.


Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. But will mankind’s new space defences be enough?

This film has a lot of characters and takes a while to establish itself but once it gets going, it really gets going and the level of destruction is unlike anything they have ever seen before. However there is one constant and that is that when it comes to destruction, they make sure they hit the landmarks.


It was good to see Jeff Goldblum back as David Levinson, he was an important part of the first film alongside Will Smith who did not reprise his role for the sequel. Although we did get to see a grown up version of his son Dylan Hiller played by Jessie T. Usher

Jake Morrison played by Liam Hemsworth is another new member of the cast, his relationship with Patricia Whitmore and rivalry with Dylan adds a bit of substance to the film. Personally I would have liked to have seen a bit more from this but then again there was a lot going on in this film already.


(Maika Monroe)

Maika Monroe plays the grown up version of the former presidents daughter Patricia Whitmore. For the majority of the film she is there as a friend and for dramatic moments with her father but right towards the end of the film she gets her moment when she plays a pivotal part in taking down the enemy.

Judd Hirsch reprises his role as Julius Levinson in this film and while it was nice to see him, he didn’t really do a whole lot for the film. Brent Spiner also returns with his character Dr. Brakish Okun as he helps to devise away to take the aliens but mostly he is just there to help set up a third film.


(great minds think alike)

Dikembe Umbutu was another good addition to the cast and does a great job of taking out the aliens. He badass nature was empathised even more when he was partnered with Floyd played by Nicolas Wright who plays a typical bureaucrat at first but really grows as a person over the course of the film.

The former president, Mr Whitmore is also in this film and is played by Bill Pullman. When we last saw him he didn’t look to bad but the last couple of decades have not been kind to him. He has some great moments in this film including another rousing speech although I fear that this one will be not quite as memorable as his last one.


(Former President Whitmore)

You can probably tell just by looking at all these people, that this film is quite a busy one with a lot going on. There are plots and subplots everywhere, many of which are important and drive the story on while there are some which may not have needed as much focus on them as they had.

What I liked about this film was the addition of the new characters and how well they were integrated with the characters from the original. Although I did feel that there was perhaps some characters and story lines that the film spent a bit to long on and some things that could have been developed a lot more than they were.


(Under Attack once again)

Overall I had a really good time watching Independence Day Resurgence today and I would highly recommend going to see it at the cinema. Just make sure to watch the original one first that is a really good film and by having seen it, you will appreciate this film even more than you already would.


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