|INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE (director/writer: Roland Emmerich; screenwriters: Dean Devlin, Nicolas Wright, James A. Woods, Roland Emmerich, James Vanderbilt, based on a story by Devlin, Wright, Woods; cinematographer: Markus Foederer; editor: Adam Wolfe; music: Harald Kloser, Thomas Wanker; cast: Jeff Goldblum (David Levinson), Bill Pullman (President Whitmore), Liam Hemsworth (Jake Morrison), Maika Monroe (Patricia Whitmore), Jessie T. Usher (Dylan Hiller), William Fichtner (General Adams), Brent Spiner (Dr. Brakish Okun), John Storey (Dr. Isaacs), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Catherine Marceaux), Vivica A. Fox (Jasmine Hiller), Joey King (Sam), James Woods (Lt. Ritter), Angelababy (Rain Lao), Sela Ward (President Lanford), Judd Hirsch (Julius Levinson), Grace Huang (Female Technician), Ryan Cartwright (David's Assistant ), Deobia Oparei (Dikembe Umbutu ), Chin Han (Commander Jiang), McKenna Grace (Daisy) Nicholas Wright (Floyd Rosenberg), Travis Tope (Charlie Miller), Gbenga Akinnagbe (Agent Travis), Grizelda Quintana (Road Rage / Confrontation Driver), Patrick St. Espirit (Secretary of Defense Tanner), Robert Loggia (General Grey); Runtime: 119; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin, Harald Kloser; 20th Century Fox; 2016)|
and humorless sequel."
by Dennis Schwartz
It opens taking a long and tedious time to show the characters living 20 years after stemming an alien invasion. No matter the need for the set up, all the characters remain sketchy. We learn that President Whitmore’s (Bill Pullman) daughter Patricia (Maika Monroe), in a fruitless part, where she replaced Mae Whitman, is a former flying ace who gave up her career to care for her aging father. She now is in love with maverick ace space pilot Jake (Liam Hemsworth), who operates space tugs on the moon. In the sequel there are many Chinese in choice parts, such as the beautiful Angelababy, who plays the maverick fighter pilot
Yes. The aliens are back. Brent Spiner’s Dr. Brakish Okun comes out of a coma after 20 years to take part in the key battle, while Judd Hirsch tries to be funny as the eccentric dad reuniting with his genius son Goldblum in the big battle scene. Under Sela Ward’s rigid woman President Lanford, the Earth fights back. After the giant alien mother-ship crushes cities and countries by just passing them by with its gravitational pull, the battle comes to Area 51 and is won by the good guys.
The fluff sci-fi blockbuster lacked any emotional weight, leaving me indifferent to its joyless alien and soap-opera narrative.
REVIEWED ON 6/24/2016 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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