Guest Movie Review: Independence Day: Resurgence

eliid42By Eli Sanchez
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Independence Day: Resurgence (C-) falls under the weight of its own existence. This was a heavily delayed film for the past two decades that was just screaming sequel for years, and it kind of shows. The best parts of the film were sequences involving Brent Spiner (Dr. Brakish Okun) who wakes up after mind-melding with the aliens after a 20 year coma and finds himself suddenly switched on by some signal that has been playing out scrambled in his mind. Essentially Resurgence is a rehash of the same plot from the original. Jeff Goldblum is back as David Levinson and Bill Pullman returns as the now “retired” President Whitmore who seems to be stuck in some kind of nursing home, using a cane and on anti-psychotic meds. Both he and Brent Spiner are having Alien Acid Flashbacks with their connection to something that was left behind in the first film. There are odd nods to Top Gun, Aliens and The Empire Strikes Back in this film. The film is solid with effects and action, but hard to follow; and since many of the main characters of the first film are relegated to small bit parts or mentioned in the past tense, the humor and heart of the original falls flat. The fresh cast members never really quite find a way to carry the film.

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I've reviewed films for more than 20 years. Current movie reviews of new theatrical releases and direct-to-video or streaming films are added weekly to the Silver Screen Capture movie news site. Many capsule critiques originally appeared in expanded form in my syndicated Lights Camera Reaction column.

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Posted in 2016, Eli Sanchez

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