EVEN THE 3/5 OF CRITICS AND MANY MORE COMMON PEOPLE WHO ENJOYED THE FIRST INDEPENDENCE DAY FROM THE SUMMER OF 1996 (2 DECADES AGO!) HAVE CONCEDED THAT, WHILE AN ICONIC POPCORN FLICK, MANY ELEMENTS ARE CORNY, WHICH ALSO EXPLAINS WHY I COULDN’T GIVE IT ANY HIGHER THAN MY OPENING RANKING AT #40 ON THE RETRO TOP 40 MOVIES OF ‘996. FOR THE LAST 2 DECADES, HOLLYWOOD HAS DELIBERATED OVER A SEQUEL, AND JUST IN TIME FOR THE MILESTONE ANNIVERSARY, IT ALL GETS BLOWN. MUCH OF THE CAST, INCLUDING JEFF GOLDBLUM, RETURNS, BUT WILL SMITH COULDN’T SIGN ON. HE MUST HAVE LET HIS FAR LESS DISTINGUSHIED SON SCRAPE UP THE MESS.
EARTH HAS COLLECTED THE REMAINS OF THE ALIEN TECHNOLOGY TO INTEGRATE INTO OUR OWN WEAPONRY, HOPING TO BETTER BE ARMED AGAINST A BIGGER, BUT NOT BETTER, INVASION. THIS NEW SPACE SHIP IS ROUGHLY THE SIZE OF THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES! UNFORTUNATELY, IT SEEMS TO BE MISSING ABOUT HALF THE EXHILIRATING ACTION OF THE FIRST, APPARENTLY REPLACED WITH MORE TALKING AND OVER-THE-TOP VOICE WORK. WITHOUT THE ELDER SMITH’S CHARISMA, WHAT DOES RESURGENCE HAVE LEFT TO OFFER?
CAN YOU MAKE MORE CONVINCING ARGUMENTS WHY THIS SHOULD COMPETE FOR OUR WORST OF 2016 AWARDS, PARTICULARLY THE DENSELY-CROWDED WORST PREQUEL OR SEQUEL CATEGORY? SEND INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE GOING UP IN FIREWORK FLAMES BELOW!
R.T. (30-35%): "It's undeniably visually impressive, but like its predecessor, the film lacks enough emotional heft to support its end-of-the-world narrative stakes."
Andrés Nazarala R. (2/7): "The biggest problem here doesn't seem to be Emmerich's usual effectism, but the consequences of his excesses. The mistake of turning a potential entertainment into a session of over-stimulation that lead to numbness. IDEAL FOR: Blockbusters devourers."
Gabriel Bahamondes (2/6): "It's true that Emmerich's flicks' typical spectacle is present. The problem is that the visual impact isn't enough to carry a movie that's 2 hours long and that has so many characters interconnected. How about the 3D effects? Nothing out of this world."
Diego Muñoz (2/5): "The script is a mess on a scale as big as the disasters in the movie, because it unsuccessfully tries to mix heroism, humour and genocide, failing in its attemps to excite with affections and patroitism. But, it must be said, between all the faux pas there's a movie full of fun moments that struggle between guilty pleasure and shame, and that seems proud to be that way. So we better not take it seriously and just laugh."
Okay, since Robert Loggia managed to film a small part in this movie before he died, that means, for me at least, that it shouldn't be considered for Worst Screen Ensemble. Worst Screen Couple is still possible, though.
Please let Robert De Niro finally be nominated for Worst Actor.
Please do not Razz Ben Affleck this year, at least, because there are others more deserving.
If no one will make this a quote, I will: Emily Blunt played the worst ice based character since Martin Short as Jack Frost and, before that, Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze.