Independence Day: Resurgence is a 2016 American science fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich and written by Emmerich, Dean Devlin, Nicholas Wright, James A. Woods and James Vanderbilt. It is the sequel to the 1996 film Independence Day and stars Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward, William Fichtner, Angelababy, Brent Spiner, Vivica A Fox and Travis Tope.
The story picks up 20 years after the events of the 1996 film; mankind has made quite a few technological advancements in the defence of the earth. The international community has recovered and the United Nations has created the ESD (Earth Space Defense), a united global defense program that serves as Earth’s early warning system. The main defense force uses technology salvaged from the remains of the alien forces, with military forces assembled on the Moon, Mars, and Rhea, while the Area 51 base has become the ESD Headquarters. But will earth be ready if a massive attack happens?
When David Levinson, now director of the EDS, goes to meets with Dr. Catherine Marceaux and warlord Dikembe Umbutu, asks permission to enter a fallen alien spaceship discover that the ship was drilling a hole and that the aliens sent a distress call to its home planet before their defeat. Furthermore, Umbutu and former U.S. President Thomas Whitmore experienced recurring visions of extraterrestrial logograms ever since their personal encounters with the telepathic aliens and try to decipher them. A spherical ship comes out of a wormhole near the moonbase Levinson is convinced that it belongs to a different extraterrestrial race that is benevolent and urges the world’s governments not to attack, but they vote to shoot it down regardless. Against orders, ESD pilot Jake Morrison picks up Levinson, Marceaux, Umbutu, and Floyd Rosenberg on a space tug and they head for the crash site, where they recover a container.
And the fear comes true….a giant spaceship, about 3000 miles wide comes towards us destroys Earth’s planetary defenses before approaching the planet. The massive gravity of the ship also lifts structures from most of Asia. The debris falls all across Europe, where the tug manages to escape before heading on to Area 51. It lands on the Atlantic ocean nd drills a hole in the middle of the ocean to harvest the heat of the core, which will destroy Earth’s magnetic field in the process. The aliens also raid the Cheyenne Mountain Complex, killing President Elizabeth Lanford along with most of her Cabinet. At Area 51, General Joshua Adams is named the designated survivor andimmediately sworn in as the 46th President. The harvesters held in captivity in Area 51 all start to shriek, they are celebrating. Ok so what do we do?
Well Dr. Brakish Okun, who was in a coma for 20 years after being attacked by the alien in the first movie, comes out of it. He this container houses a giant white sphere of artificial intelligence; its mission is evacuating survivors from worlds targeted by aliens, whom it calls harvesters, and building a resistance force, one already profoundly feared by the invaders. Whitmore interrogates one of the harvesters held in captivity since the last war. The ESD learns that the harvesters, while similar to Earth’s insect kingdom, are not like locusts as they initially believed but exist in eusociality and that their giant queen is commanding the invasion. They conclude if they kill the queen, her attendants will retreat. An ESD fleet of hybrid fighters, led by Captain Dylan Dubrow-Hiller, stages a counterattack on the queen’s chamber, but they are caught in a trap within the mothership which wipes out nearly the entire unit. Dylan, along with Jake and fellow pilots Charlie Ritter and Rain Lao, manages to escape by hijacking two alien attack craft.
Knowing the queen has become aware of its presence, the sphere’s A.I. wants the ESD to destroy it to prevent the harvesters from learning its secrets. The ESD forces instead hide the sphere in an isolation chamber, and use the space tug with a transmitter copying the sphere’s signal as a decoy to lure the queen’s personal ship to a trap filled with fusion weapons. Whitmore flies a tugboat towards the mothership with bombs and destroys the ship, sacrificing himself in the process, but the queen escapes as she has a large energy shield on her biomechanical suit. Patricia flies a hybrid fighter and attacks the queen and neutralizes it’s shield, allowing Dylan’s arriving party to kill the queen before she can take the sphere. The queen dies and all the other aliens stop the attacks and retreat from the earth. Okun reveals that the sphere has asked them to lead the resistance, and offered them new technology in preparation for a potential assault on the harvesters’ homeworld.
Ok, just take that all in. There are some similar elements from the original with Whitmore; especially having similar things happen to him as in having the alien speak through him (like Okun) and sacrificing himself to destroy the ship (like Randy Quaid’s character). The two male leads could easily have been replaced by anyone, hardly any of the new characters have anything much memorable about them. But then in a movie of this magnitude and fast pacing action, I hardly expected any characterization and instead we get more cliches than you can count. It’s ok, fast paced adrenaline is expected and cheered in this scenario. But can the earth actually put aside their petty differences and unite and do all this advancements as shown in the movie (well it’s only for the defences so maybe I can believe that) in just 20 years?? Bases on the moon and other planets nearby with fully functioning quarters and ships? I doubt it. But still worthy to watch on the big screen. So….8 outta 10?