Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) – Review

It’s a scary thought to think that the first Independence Day was released 20 years ago in 1996, damn that makes me feel old, the original movie saw us taking on aliens and kicking butt.

Now 20 years on, the alien technology left from the fight for survival 20 years ago is being used in for Earth’s defences against any possible attacks from alien forces.

Those alien forces are on their way and bigger and more ferocious than they were back in 1996, the mothership that was taken down in the first movie is tiny compared to this new threat to Earth.

It’s now down to some of the original cast and new elite team to take on this pending destruction of Earth and save the human race from extinction.

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Independence Day: Resurgence – Let Battle Commence

Back in 1996, the original film was a bit of a slow starter as we were introduced to the possible end of days, but with Independence Day: Resurgence, we head straight on in. The galaxy and remnants of destroyed planets are nicely done in 3D as we travel along for an introduction to the mothership.

Jeff Goldblum, Selma Ward, Bill Pullman, Brent Spiner and Sela Ward return to the sequel to connect with the original movie, no Will Smith in this one his character was killed off when he was killed in the test flight of the first jet powered by alien technology, but instead we get Jessie T. Usher playing his son, Dylan.

The movie does have a lot of comparisons to the first movie, but with something like this you are bound to see them. twenty years on and the aliens are on a grander scale of destruction, bigger ships, bigger special effects and a budget (around $165,000,000).

A few of the new characters do feel one dimensional, but getting past this, Independence Day: Resurgence is an all out action movie, you don’t have to think on your feet, there are aliens that need the Earth for their needs and the human race isn’t going to give it up without a fight.

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Cue lots of explosions, aerial combat, a 3,000-mile wide mother ship (yes you read that right) and some nifty 3D and you’ve got a movie that maybe isn’t on par with its 1996 predecessor, but it certainly makes a fun night out at the movies.

Independence Day Resurgence may not have the tension that the previous movie had, but it’s a fun action movie that is certainly worth a night out to the cinema for a bit of fun.

Independence Day: Resurgence is out now on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UV Copy and is currently showing on Sky Cinema.

Originally reviewed in June 2016.

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and at the many Cineworld screens, where she reviews the latest movies, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UK's Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham