Flash Movie Review: Independence Day: Resurgence

A minute to me is just as important as an hour. For someone who prefers to have the day planned out, each minute has a place in my schedule. I have a friend who teases me about my planning things down to the minute but they do not understand what one minute can do to me. If I do not cross a set of railroad tracks by a certain time on Saturday morning, I will get stuck at the crossing gates for a good 10 minutes. Then I have to hustle to the fitness center to get to my class in time. Missing the start of a movie by 1 minute means I will not go in to watch it; I have a thing about walking into a movie late, which is why I know how many minutes each movie theater spends showing trailers before the start of the film. I suppose if one is okay or fond of surprises time is not a major factor; I am not a fan of surprises. With my current schedule I have little room for variance; in fact, I even have to plan down time for myself. To keep this whole process going I have to include some expectations. For example, I have to estimate how long grocery shopping will take me if it is one in a series of things I have to accomplish for the day. It is funny, it just occurred to me though I plan out what order I go see newly released movies I never think about my reaction to them. You know, allowing time to let them settle into me before going to do something else. Having just told you I am a planner, there was no way I could have planned what I experienced in this action adventure sequel.   TWENTY years since the aliens attacked Earth and mankind has been working diligently on boosting its defenses in case of another attack. Would it be enough to save the planet if the aliens come back? This science fiction film baffled me. As I sat in the theater, repeatedly looking at my watch, I had to wonder who at the movie studio came up with the idea of making a sequel and then making a really bad one. First, one would have thought with the advancements in CGI effects this film would be filled with some dazzling effects; I am afraid that was not the case. Now for the script, it was so cheesy and filled with such repetitive blustering bravado that I felt I was watching a series of ads encouraging me to join the military. Uttering some of the ridiculous dialog were actors Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games franchise, Paranoia) as Jake Morrison, Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park franchise, The Grand Budapest Hotel) as David Levinson and Bill Pullman (The Equalizer, While You were Sleeping) as President Whitmore. There were multiple story lines taking place in the script and I did not find any of them well developed; everything was done in a basic, predictable way. The only thing I could think about after the movie ended was changing the word insurgence to regurgitate for the title.

 

1 ½ stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on June 27, 2016, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 36 Comments.

  1. LOL re: Regurgitate. Thanks for steering us clear of this. Wasn’t interested it in the first place so all is good.

  2. Ouch. That bad hah. I know what you mean about the cgi though. There could have been more awesomeness. I actually liked how they didn’t go into great detail developing the characters relationships and focused more on the aliens. My husband was also not impressed with the movie. I thought it was okay.

  3. The 1st one bored me and I felt it was a glorification of the good ol’ American military muscle but sign up today! Like no other country would bother to come help? Like this kinda thing wouldn’t have made the 6 o’clock news around the world? Also, the campy dialogue and cliches were rather vomitocious to me. No interest in seeing the sequel, thanks for assuring my already thoughts on it!

    • I am glad I could help and you said it perfectly about the glorification of military muscle; it was like a series of public service announcements. Thanks for the comments.

      • Yep all those commercials in the 80’s where on US TV Networks between cartoons you saw the “register for selective service at your local post office when you turn 18” ads. We don’t have that in Canada, it’s a volunteer to sign up thing. But as far as movies like that go, idk, I’m very picky about my war movies regardless of whether it’s fighting aliens or whoever the “bad guys” are. Always found it fascinating about how European films about WWII always portrayed the harsh life that the war had inflicted upon them as opposed to let’s show those bad guys with our latest and greatest BIG weapon of MASS destruction.

      • Very astute observations about the difference between US and European war films. And I remember those ads for when one turns 18; I wish I would have thought of them before writing my review! Thank you for the comments.

      • I’ve been told I have one of those memories and brain full of useless knowledge like Norm from Cheers. I never watched that show so i can only go along with what they were saying lol.

      • And I can remember what someone wore at a party 20 years ago, but sometimes when I come out of a store I have to stop and wonder where I parked. lol

  4. This is more of a pop-corn movie just for fun time.
    Nothing so serious, nor it is in any intelligent genre and I cannot say of which category to put it into? If I ask my son of what Star Wars category could be or Star Trek, he would know better how to know the differences and where to put it.
    But another sequel of ‘Independence Day’ when it is NEVER ANY MORE ‘Independence’ is? Well, you know what I mean.

    But I love movies of all kind and still I will go and see it.
    And have my huge popcorn for the popcorn movie! LOL

  5. 😀 , I like how you brought out the whole time thing … though I have not seen it yet , a few of my friends gave the same review ( I am not sure if they saw it themselves ) but yeah now I I’d pass on this one .

  6. Regurgitate! Ha ha! You’ve confirmed my suspicions that this is just a belated milking of a long gone cash cow and one of those wearisome rinse-recycle-repeat sequels.

  7. oh by the way thanks for stopping by my blog ..:)

  8. … I came here because you liked one of my posts on a website that seems to have nothing to do with your interests.
    How did you find me? (It was on a post about a giveaway of virtual currency on a virtual world online game I quit…)

    • It is a pleasure to meet you. My interests vary and I like to acknowledge a fellow bloggers good work when it warrants it. Yours did; it does not have to match my interests but it has to interest me. Thanks for coming by to leave your comments.

  9. Definitely won’t be seeing this!!! I thought I was a planner until I read your post. Ha ha.

  10. welllll … guess i’ll (w)recommend to spouse that we weight & rent (Netflix) this one.
    but: STILL PRESIDENT after 20 years??!

    • I think that is a smart move waiting for DVD. Though I try to say as little as possible about the story, he was a former president. Thank you for the comments.

  11. Thank you so much for the heads-up. I was ambivalent but leaning toward but can now lean the other way!!

  12. The first one left me a bit unsatisfied with the “virus” ending. So we download a virus on ships that are 3 million years more advanced than us? Why don’t we have a movie where cave men find a way to shoot drones out of the sky?

    I’ll probably end up watching it eventually. If so, it will be when I have the ability to fast forward through parts of it. 🙂

  13. Some of its parts are quite boring for being predictable, while the rest are still interesting to see. I don’t know why, but I find it disturbing when discover that even in serious and cornered situation this global community can do something meaningful without the U.S. being at the top of chain of command.

  14. Great review of a not so great film. Please drop my blog as well. I write reviews on films too. Any feedback is appreciated thanks

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