Picking up 20 years after the original, Independence Day: Resurgence continues on this world-ending story with another fleet of aliens sent to Earth, led by the alien queen. Their mission? Use the Earth's iron core for... reasons, I guess. But it is okay, because Earth has Jeff Goldblum, and Jeff Goldblum makes everything better, especially when aided by a few talented young soldiers, played by Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe and Jessie T. Usher. Is there anything else that really needs to be said about this movie? What you see is what you get. If you've seen any sci-fi movie that's been released since the first Independence Day then you've pretty much seen this film already anyway.
When the action is going down, I was entertained by this movie. The characters are completely two dimensional and didn't manage to captivate my interests in the slightest bit, but when they're shooting down aliens or racing through the sky, that's all that mattered, each battle feeling as though it could be a final showdown, although I was always rather thankful it wasn't as the best action sequence is saved for last, and yes, that final action sequence is the best part of the entire movie. Except for maybe the fact that Jeff Goldblum is in this.
While all the performances are fine, the actors in this film are really just too talented to be here. They're all better than this, yet here they are. From Liam Hemsworth to Maika Monroe to Charlotte Gainsbourg, everyone in this film has proven to be tremendously talented in other films. This film tries its hardest to give everyone as much screen time as it can, but in doing so it wastes so much time failing to get us invested in any of them. Even the returning characters proved to be far less interesting than they were the first time, and even then, I was not invested in anybody's story from the first film.
To sum up, Independence Day: Resurgence is big, loud, over the top and from time to time, it's also a lot of fun, mostly thanks to the charismatic and extremely talented cast who are way too good to be in a movie like this. Unfortunately, it's also a slow, stupid, poorly written film with every sci-fi cliché you can imagine.