20 years after the great, fun and enjoyable Independence Day (1996, damn that is long ago!) comes the sequel especially the director and studio wanted. But for me, it should have stayed at one movie.
5 original cast members from the first movie came back for this sequel: Jeff Goldblum (David Levinson), Bill Pullman (President Whitmore), Brent Spiner (Dr. Brackish Okun), Judd Hirsch (Julius Levinson) and Vivica Fox (Jasmine Dubrow). In the first 45 minutes they all get a re-introduction and some come back for more, some just disappear. New fresh faces are there in the movie (Liam Hemsworst, Jessie Usher and Maika Monroe) but it all lacks originality and mostly sence. The movie is a direct sequel and the aliens come back to earth after 20 years with new weapons. But earth too has had an upgrade. Space ships everywhere and technology has much improved during these years, also there is a female president (hello Hillary) in the White House (small role by Sela Ward).
The aliens are back and with more force and larger ships then before. It is up to the USA again with the help of China to prevent a second disaster. Let me put it this me, the complete second movie is a disaster. The whole atmosphere of the movie is just wrong. There are some funny jokes from Jeff Goldblum and Brent Spiner, but the movie lacks all what the first movie made great: enjoyable action, cheezy oneliners that make sence and an enemy which is very much present. This time the aliens can’t even catch a moving bus! For me this movie is one of the worst sequels I have ever seen and especially as you know that around 200 million dollars was needed to make this movie! Special effects are superb but Hollywood please (pretty please please!) stop making these useless sequels. It is time to put the nostalgia back in the closet and create some new movies with new ideas.
0.5 out of 5 on our #saltedpopcorn scale.
Yes that low, because the movie made no sence at all.