Independence Day: Resurgence, a movie review

A movie review: By Lee Sonogan

(2016) 2h/Action, Adventure, Sci-fi


The sequel of the movie made Will Smith a big star. This movie is based two decades after the first movie. With a budget of 165$ million, it made 387.6 million in the box office, despite the poor reviews it has received. The making of the movie had to shut down for about four days due to financing problems where the production ran out of money according to an interview with star Liam Hemsworth.

Soon after the success of the first film, 20th Century Fox paid Dean Devlin a large sum of money to write a script for a sequel. However, after completing the script, Devlin didn’t turn in the script and instead gave the money back to the studio, as he felt the story didn’t live up to the first film. It was only approximately 15 years later, that Devlin met up with Roland Emmerich to try again, having felt that they had “cracked” a story for a sequel. The project was officially greenlit by the 20th Century Fox studio on 27th November 2014.

Director Roland Emmerich said in June that Will Smith won’t be in the sequel. Will Smith was supposed to reprise the role of Captain Steven Hiller, but Fox refused to meet his request for a $50 million salary for two sequels. Roland Emmerich confirmed Smith would not be returning for the sequel in June 2013 to Daily News, but mentioned that Jeff Goldblum would return to reprise his role as David Levinson.

According to the What Culture website, “Independence Day modernized the disaster movie premise, replacing natural disasters with extraterrestrial ones and slathering on the fun. It borrowed a trend of blowing up famed national monuments from the B Movie genre and gave it steroids on-screen, something that would continue over the next two decades,”.

David Arnold, composer of the score to the first film, said on his Twitter account he was not asked to score to the sequel and that since the studio owns his themes for the first film, the new composers could use them. The movie is dedicated to actor Robert Loggia, who appears in both Independence Day and Independence Day: Resurgence, and passed away in 2015. The film’s closing credits dedication reads: “In Memoriam: Robert Loggia”.

Overall, a terrible reboot of a good movie from when I was young. A lot of scenes are dull in it and already have been done before. Plus a lot of the actors in the movie do a bad job reacting to the aliens and their actions. The things in this movie that I liked are the CGI effects and the final fight with the aliens. I recommend this movie to fans of the original movie and if you are bored and want to watch a below average movie.



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