Sound Off: Emmerich's 'Independence Day: Resurgence' - Thoughts?

June 24, 2016

Independence Day: Resurgence

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "We had twenty years to prepare. So did they." Now playing in theaters everywhere is the long-awaited sci-fi sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence, arriving in theaters exactly 20 years after the original movie first landed. Roland Emmerich returns to direct this massively epic alien invasion action blockbuster, bringing back some of the original cast including Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox and Brent Spiner. The newcomers this time around include Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward, William Fichtner, Angelababy and French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg. So how is it? Does it live up to the original? Or is it a completely disaster? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your own thoughts on Emmerich's Independence Day: Resurgence.

Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. We also encourage all commenters to keep major spoilers from the film to a minimum, if possible. However, this is an open discussion from this point on! Beware of spoilers, don't ruin this movie!

Editor's Note: I haven't had the chance to see the movie in Germany yet, but will update when I do get to see it. I'm still looking forward to it! In the meantime, here's a brief excerpt from Daniel Schindel's review published on The Film Stage: "Emmerich, usually a maestro of catastrophe, demonstrates varying degrees of interest in constructing large-scale setpieces here. In a near-blasphemous move, the camera cuts away almost entirely from the biggest explosion in the film. Though that has nothing on the brutally rushed ending — or 'ending,' given the gotta-hook-em-for-a-sequel angle. And yet, despite all this, Independence Day: Resurgence still emerges as one of the better blockbusters of this summer, and that’s only halfway damning with faint praise. It’s a mess, but I grinned a good portion of the way through." Do you agree?

Independence Day: Resurgence

What did you think of Roland Emmerich's Independence Day: Resurgence? Epic or disaster?
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Besides being bigger, I felt like I was watching the first movie all over again. Complete with the crazy guy taking out the first big ship. And a set up for the third movie? Doesn't give me good vibes for the Stargate reboot, either.

Bryan "bytehead" Price on Jun 24, 2016


Absolute garbage. I felt like they didn't give a shit and just released this almost unfinished and rushed.

tyban81 on Jun 24, 2016


Awful..... Based on that 20 years will be too soon for the next sequel. It just plods along with no sense of real threat.... the aerial dog fights there's just far too much going on to see what's happening. Seemed too desperate to drop in cameos from the original instead of just moving on with a new cast. By far the worst film I have seen this year at the cinemas. Basically a B Movie with a big budget.

Chris Round on Jun 24, 2016


I liked it. It was fun. Opinions and critique are one thing, but I think people just automatically hate on big summer movies because it's cool and in vogue to do so on the interwebs.

evilED on Jun 25, 2016


I can't enjoy blockbusters that assault my intelligence. I didn't see it yet, but what I've seen in the trailers had a strong Transformers vibe. Entertaining isn't synonym of Kaboom big badaboom.

tarek on Jun 25, 2016


Not at all. We all long for that great summer movie feeling we grew up with. Unfortunately most every summer blockbuster these days is nothing but a commercial filled trailer with some filler to make it 2 hours. There's nothing wrong with demanding the studios produce a higher quality movie. There are only so many and they are few and far between. If the movie sucks, send a message to the studios. Demand better movies by not accepting dreck.

Charles Knowlton on Jun 26, 2016


People Started walking away from the theater the moment Interplanetary "SIRI" introduced herself and in a span of 15 sec summarized her whole purpose of it's being. Brain cells were dying left and right.... I believe that an episode of Honey Boo Boo had more intelligence than this movie. This movie is probably on the same scale as "Pixels" and "Transformers the dinosaur version"... WOW you had 20 years... How can they F%uck up so badly when they had 20 years to make a sequel???!!!

Alpivan on Jun 25, 2016


This was a complete waste of time, I really considered walking out but decided to endure to the end, and man was it a struggle. Everything fell flat, from the acting, the story, the jokes, CGI, and the pacing. The screen writer should be fired and never hired to write another film ever again. Roland E, still thinks we can't tell he's shot the entire movie on a sound stage, White house down, 2012, The day after tomorrow and now Independence day 2 they all look the same, feel the same and are all big grenades that don't explode.

cg on Jun 25, 2016


I heard he is working on an original movie: The day before the end of Independence day: the Raise of the White house before the dawn of 2012.

tarek on Jun 25, 2016


Reads so retro. I can't wait.

redtie on Jun 25, 2016


I honestly felt the exact same way. Spot on review, I agree wholeheartedly. I was so close to walking out as well and rolled my eyes through most scenes. It was so bad.

Big R on Jun 25, 2016


Nobody actually walks out of a movie unless theyre trying to be a real jerk. Even if the movie isnt good, please spare me your "walked out" BS. I will believe you if you say this movie isnt too great. But to walk out? Idiots only, and it rarely actually happens.

Mark on Jun 26, 2016


Lol are you telling people they can't walk out? Dont be a twat. I've walked out of a few movies and why not? Why sit through something you really dont like? Because you paid for it? pssst. It doesn't happen a lot but every once in a while, I think its ok to walk out.

Sascha Dikiciyan on Jun 26, 2016


Mark is right. There are a lot of reasons for sitting through a bad movie and only a few for walking out; that is for most people. As for me I will only walk out of a movie if I find it just too offensive (my nephew walked out of Wolf Of Wallstreet and not because of any nudity) or a movie is completely different than what I was lead to believe.

neil on Jun 26, 2016


Wolf of Wall Street was quite disgusting.

tarek on Jun 26, 2016


yeah anyone's that walks out of a movie clearly just shit their pants. It's the only logical explanation.

Dan Hibiki on Jun 29, 2016


I actually like the movie. And before you start bashing me about why, I will go to say that all of you who reviewed this movie negatively and harshly, insult my high intelligence. For me, the story was methodical, the plot was reasonable within that universe, given 20 years, and the action was logically realistic for a sci-fi sequel 20 years later. There was an actual main villian/enemy to physically fight and there wasn't some absurd computer virus plot point used, or even mentioned. The ultimate progression of the story and characters and the in-depth details regarding the aliens and their goal was given and somehow seem logical for that universe and it, for me, all works. I'm not say that IDR was Excellent, but it is almost as good as ID4, and I definitely watch it again. And ultimately, I hope the next movie (ID:R sequel) lives up to and even surpasses both ID4 and IDR.

Mark T. on Jun 26, 2016


There are countless plotholes with the movie. One of the first was the fackt that now that human have suprerior alien tech. The never went farther than the moon. Second was the fact tha alien distress call took 20 years to reach then. And they arrived two hours later... And it can go on and on. I trust the guys at "honest trailers" to do their thing.

Alpivan on Jun 26, 2016


Look, there are plot holes with any movie. Any critic, even you, will find something nit picky about some aspect of the movie, if not the whole thing. I am giving my honest opinion, mind you from my perspective, of what I thought about IDR. I enjoyed it, and I gave it an honest review, in MY opinion, just as the guys from "Honest Trailers" and many others from other movie critic forums and websites gave theirs. There are reviews from Roger Ebert, a well-known critic, that I liked, and there are some I didn't, but it didn't stop me and others from watching whatever movie he reviewed. If you hate my review and/or don't agree with it, DON'T READ IT. If you like it and/or liked the movie for what it is, then implore others to go see it, and have fun watching it. Again, Don't go bashing me for liking a movie even if you think that the movies is sub par, because all it is doing is making you look bad, petty and like a pain in the rear.

Mark T. on Jun 26, 2016


Honest trailers need a honest review to tell them that they are becoming a joke.

tarek on Jun 27, 2016


Must say strangely that I am with you on that one, but then again I always find something to take away from each movie. They all have their merits and downfalls. This one was just a fun movie.

TK on Jun 27, 2016


INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE isn't as good as the first film. Not a surprise. But that doesn't mean it wasn't fun. It's just not AS fun as the first. That first movie was lightning in a bottle (with its OWN set of flaws, mind you). If RESURGENCE were the first film, people would probably walk away from quite satisfied. The characters are still likeable (even if they don't quite match the level of Will Smith in the first movie). Jeff Goldblum and Judd Hirsch still have the chemistry, Bill Pullman still feels presidential (albeit a bit old and tired), and of course the action is top notch. It doesn't quite have the heart that the first movie had, but it's still present. It's a bit too short for my taste, actually, which may be why it doesn't quite match the first movie. Needed a few more character moments. It needed time to breathe a bit more. But overall, if you can accept it on its own terms before grading it as a sequel that's worthy or unworthy of the first movie, you might just have a better time watching it. It's not a bad movie. It's simply not AS good as the first outing 20 years ago. But that's no reason to crucify it. It's a perfectly fine summer getaway movie, and I actually wouldn't mind seeing it again.

dangeer on Jun 26, 2016

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