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Independence Day: Resurgence

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Uninspired sequel is dull despite big sci-fi battles.

Movie PG-13 2016 120 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 10+

This movie is basically a natural disastar movie

age 12+

Cheesy story and muffled characters = one messy flop

This movie has its thrills in its giant high octave Si fi battles, but even that doesn't make up for the very cheesy storyline. Te characters don get their full potential and aren't thought out well. There are some creepy scenes and alien blood, along with mass distinction but that's about it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (16 ):

This mediocre alien-invasion sequel isn't going to wow anyone who's seen the original, which is a true summer popcorn-flick, with quotable lines and memorable action scenes. It's not that the first Independence Day is a masterpiece by any stretch, but it's fun and loud and audiences felt invested in the various characters and storylines. Independence Day: Resurgence brings back several of the players from the original, but -- except for Goldblum's Levinson -- they aren't the main characters. Instead a group of young pilots serve as the protagonists, with Hemsworth's Jake caught up in a Top Gun-style rivalry with Usher's Dylan, while Jake's fiancee, former First Daughter Patty, worries about her aging father, who -- like many others who survived the '96 alien war -- has a psychic connection to the aliens.

The computer-generated action sequences are big and portray the same sort of mass destruction as the first film, but a movie can't survive without compelling stories and characters. It's a problem when climactic deaths and close calls don't come close to pulling an emotional punch, and the dialogue is filled with trite "we can do it" speeches and "no man left behind"-style rally cries. Younger audiences who just care about the battle sequences may find it adequate, but overall this isn't a satisfying sequel.

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