Cine Reviews: ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ (2016)

Independence Day: Resurgence is the sequel to the 1996 blockbuster film and is directed by Roland Emmerich. The film stars Liam Hemsworth, Jessie T. Usher, Maika Monroe, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox, William Fichtner, Brent Spiner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Angelababy and Judd Hirsch among many others.


Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. But will mankind’s new space defenses be enough?


Independence Day: Resurgence proves exactly how unneeded it is by bailing out on mindless, genuine entertainment and latching onto a never-ending “spectacle” of visual arrogance in a failing attempt to follow the good spirit of its blockbuster classic predecessor. The film was 20 years in the making, yet all it manages to do is waste 2 hours of our precious time. Good thing Jeff Goldblum was capable of making us giggle with his charms in spite of the catastrophic boredom that we get to experience from the film itself. Right from the moment the title is flashed on the screen and some “thrilling” exposition is made, you can already map out where all of this is going-into the realm of oblivion simply for lacking even the slightest of excitement. Why? How the film’s very own plot is caged in a shroud of narrative conveniences, and because of that, the themes of optimism that gets employed in it ends up becoming pretentious and even useless. Making its “human” aspect something that would have you rolling your eyes over and over again, letting you secretly wish that they’d fail so horribly; like the film itself.


Its desires to show the unyielding human spirit serves no purpose other than to get us infuriated because of its sheer lack of logical thinking. That is why that in spite of showing us seriousness through dramatic imagery, we just couldn’t get over the fact that almost everyone never fully uses their noggins-one of the very things that made the film so lifeless and even insulting to our intellect. Seriously, each character either acts too smart or too unafraid, and almost every single one of them never fully realizes the possible outcomes of their own thoughts and doings. Once again rendering the “higher stakes” as nothing more than a piece of cake which the film deemed as an opportunity to show off just how great humanity is without ever making us feel any emotions whatsoever. If you come to think about it, what it wants you to feel is quite the opposite of what you really feel inside as you get to witness all of the catastrophic devastation that never really for it gets so distracted by its power to create such eyesore-inducing, CGI-riddled moments of non-thrilling action. anything for us to emotionally connect ourselves into.


You just can’t get anything out of it be it fun, amazement, worrying or fear since they looked and felt so hollow as they simply ignore cheesy enjoyment for viewers to engage in and proceed on doing what it likes to do the most; to make us regret the money that we spent ofilm’s With all that being done and shown, Roland Emmerich gets us into thinking that he is just a flavorless junkie for explosive extravaganzas-making him half the person Michael Bay is if he could’ve just held onto producing mind-numbing but somewhat enjoyable films. There is nothing that Emmerich did in IDR that could’ve made it a worthy companion to the original, and it just pops out in each of the film’s many aspects-ranging from the overly typical characters to the dialogue written by a person who’s having a hard time producing memorable quips and lines. Thankfully though, we still had Jeff Goldblum’s good charm to grace its filmic indecency in spite of the catastrophic boredom that we get to experience from the film itself.   Even if its intentionally cheesy nature should’ve made it work as a sequel, there could have been nothing else to save it for the ooze that came out of it reeked of rottenness. With all that, its easy to believe that its inefficiency to become solidly amusing is a fact that one should accept the moment they step into it.


From this blockbuster, you’d expect to experience a headache from the over-complicated plot that sucks in trying to become superficially profound, but no. You just don’t get that because the film doesn’t even care to talk about that in cohesion since all it does is jump onto several plot points and fool us into thinking that we’d be struck by wonder from its supposedly splendid efforts to trail on a road that it has yet to reach for it gets so distracted by its power to create such eyesore-inducing, CGI-riddled moments of non-thrilling action.


When all the destruction begins, you’d feel your eyes slowly closing in to rid yourself of the boring visuals. This wasn’t the case with the original, for there was some humanity left in the devastation thanks to some intense build up. As for Resurgence? I really couldn’t say the same. It’s only natural if you fall asleep with it because there really is nothing better to do than that. You won’t miss out on anything because there isn’t anything to miss out on. There are no surprises, no guilty-pleasure moments. Nothing. All it has is more of the same schlock that you’ve seen in previous mega-blockbusters, only done without heart and life. From Independence Day: Resurgence, we get the weird but understandable feeling that if its influential and superior predecessor were to become a person, it would be immediately hiding somewhere in shame from the reckless acts that its dumber, younger brother has committed on doing in excess. If you want cheesy yet effective fun, just pop in the original Independence Day. That way you’d be saving your money and time by avoiding this horribly generic and completely unnecessary sequel in getting you duped by its “marvels”. Thank God there won’t be another sequel coming our way after this. I just hope so.


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* Independence Day: Resurgence is now showing in Philippine cinemas from 20th Century Fox. See it in IMAX 3D!



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