Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

June 29, 2016

Aliens come back. Aliens destroy large swaths of the planet Earth. Humans fight back. Sound familiar?

IDR did the one thing that I thought it couldn't do: I made me look at my watch multiple times. This two hour movie felt like it was three hours long and there were long stretches of the film where I found myself absolutely bored to death. There are a few reasons for this.

For a big budget summer film, there were some questionable special effects in this movie. Having said all of this, when Emmerich conducts mayhem and mass destruction on screen, it works and is exciting. He is the master of world destruction and that will be his legacy (ID4, 2012, Day After Tomorrow).

The end of the film leaves the door open for a sequel, which I will end up seeing just to see where they go with this series. But, I hope they keep it to a trilogy. Is IDR worth a viewing? Yes, but only as a cheap rental.

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