RELEASED 2016 RUNTIME 129 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION ROLAND EMMERICH SCREENPLAY ROLAND EMMERICH, DEAN DEVLIN, NICOLAS WRIGHT, JAMES A. WOODS, JAMES VANDERBILT STARRING LIAM HEMSWORTH, JEFF GOLDBLUM, JESSIE T. USHER, BILL PULLMAN, MAIKA MONROE, WILLIAM FICHTNER, SELA WARD, JUDD HIRSCH, BRENT SPINER, VIVICA A. FOX, ANGELABABY MUSIC HARALD KLOSER, THOMAS WANKER
The long talked about sequel to the beloved Independence Day from 1996 takes place 20 years later, when the Aliens, who got beaten by the humans before, come back to earth for revenge and to take the earth once and for all.
Before I go into details I want to get one thing out of the way. This movie is a turd! It really is!
Ok, let’s start with the only positive thing here. The setup of the movie is actually quite neat. Humanity has adapted alien technology, that got left behind after the battles of the first movie, and uses it to enhance their cities, vehicles, military and basically every aspect of human life.
But that’s about it. After these initial first 10 minutes the movie already begins to fall apart quickly.
We get introduced to the characters… To a lot of characters… Why the F are there so many characters?!??
Ok, let’s go through EVERY single one of them. We have of course David (Jeff Goldblum) who reprises his role from the first movie. However, he doesn’t get much to do. He discovers something like he did in the first film and that’s about it. Other than that he has bunch of stupid one liners that don’t do anything. It’s like the movie makers thought “Let’s have him say some stupid shit now and then, since we have hired Jeff Goldblum after all”.
Btw. They never explain what happened to his wife from the first film, which is jarring because there is another female character who plays the new president (Sela Ward) and she appears to know David, which makes you wonder, is she his former wife from the first film who has become president by now? I don’t think so because of the way the movie plays out.
Then we have Liam Hemsworth, apparently our new main protagonist who is a fighter pilot. You know, he tries very hard to be charismatic, but his character just ends up being annoying. His jokes are dumb and eye rollingly bad. It’s never good to have protagonist who comes across like an idiot.
He also has a buddy/wing-man played by Travis Tope who is even more annoying. Plus, he has a dumb crush on this Chinese pilot character played by Angelababy (yeah, that’s apparently her name in real-life) who is just in the movie in order to appeal for the Chinese market. It’s so dumb!
Obviously, we don’t have Will Smith in this movie, which is already bad. But who do we get instead? Liam Hemsworth? Well, yes, but no. Then who else? Oh, we get his son, right? Jessie Usher plays Captain Hiller’s son. Too bad he is as bland as a piece of paper with traits of an asshole, if it wasn’t enough.
Speaking of Hiller’s family. Vivica A. Fox returns as his widowed wife. It’s basically a glorified cameo and the worst thing is, it doesn’t even make any sense. We remember her being a stripper in the first film. However, in this movie she is a nurse. Since when do strippers advance into nursing?! Nothing against strippers. I am sure there are some intelligent girls who need money at one point in their life to pay for college and stuff. But Miss Hiller was a stripper and a mom in the first film which obviously shows you that she had no ambition or capability to do something else. How does she suddenly become a nurse?
Moving on, we have Bill Pullman as now the ex-President. It’s nice to see him and the way his character gets introduced is pretty intriguing. He also is the ONLY character who gets some kind of development. But, in the end he is wasted in spectacular manner. The thing he does for the story doesn’t actually get anything accomplished, plus it impudently mirrors one of the best scenes from the first film.
His daughter is also in the movie, this time portrayed by Maika Monroe. She has become a fighter pilot. It’s ok, I guess. That’s about as much compliment as I can give the character because other than that there is nothing interesting about the character.
Our crazy dr. Brakish Okun is back being portrayed once again by Brent Spiner. Yes, he survived. Of course they would find a stupid reason to bring him back. Funny thing is, he gets the most to do. Yup, the one guy who has no right to be in this film actually gets the most substance. However, it doesn’t help that he has become a caricature of himself. If you thought he is a clown in the first film, oh boy, you have no idea.
He also has a sidekick assistant played by John Storey. Seeing them both on screen at the same time having their comic relief moments is embarrassing!
Then we have two characters who shouldn’t even be in the film. First, an South African rebel chief played by DeObia Oparei and some lawyer dude played by Nicolas Wright (you can already see by my description that I couldn’t care less about him). OMG, these two guys and their ridiculous subplots are by far the most annoying and stupid part of the movie. The plot device they use to introduce the African rebel chief dude doesn’t make any sense at all and the lawyer dude is so f****** annoying I couldn’t believe what I was watching. You think Michael Bay humor is dumb?! You have no idea! F*** this guy!
Last but not least we have David’s dad with Judd Hirsch reprising his role. Seeing him back put a smile on my face, which faded a minute later when I saw what he was being used for. It’s terrible. His subplot is stupid, distracting and worthless. Dammit! It’s impressive that the movie manages to f*** up every single aspect of what made the first one so great! Mainly the characters!
I’m pretty sure there is some characters that I forgot, but let’s just move on.
The characters aren’t the only thing that s*** about the film. As I said, the sub plots don’t make any sense. The movie wastes so much run-time on things that don’t matter which then causes it to move through the important parts in such a quick pace that you don’t care. Everything gets squeezed together without any resolution or room to breathe. It bores you to death. I can’t believe that an Independence Day movie can be boring, can you?
Same with the action. It’s a CGI clusterf***. There is nothing exciting about it. It looks fake, unbelievable and you don’t care about any of it. The finale and its action sequence is so stupid, it made me laugh. Yes, it’s so bad it’s hilarious. It’s Godzilla meeting Transformers + Aliens. Yes, you heard right, it’s that bad!
In general, the longer this movie goes on the more hilarious it becomes (in a bad way). During the last 15 minutes I was sitting there holding my hand in front of my face because I could NOT believe what I was sitting through. It made me laugh so hard that I became embarrassed for even sitting in the theater watching this crap. And then at the very end the movie still has the courage to set up a sequel in the most blatant way possible. It’s like throwing pieces of shit into your buddy’s face and then telling him/her: “Oh btw. I will be back tomorrow to do it again. Just wait here, please!”
F*** this film!