Film Review: ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’

Film Review: ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’, by Guy Lodge.

“We had 20 years to prepare… so did they,” states the tagline of “Independence Day: Resurgence,” a cheerfully ludicrous re-encounter of the third kind that doesn’t show any particular evidence of all that planning. Sketchily conceived in all departments but its sensational, more-is-more visual effects — which is, let’s be honest, where its efforts should be concentrated — this belated, cluttered sequel to the 1996 smash “Independence Day” breaks far less ground than its alien invaders, but confirms director Roland Emmerich as modern cinema’s most spirited conductor of popcorn chaos. Perhaps excessively concerned with burnishing the supposed legacy of its predecessor — a distant memory, if that, for much of its target audience — this cinematic Big Mac entertains abundantly on its own second-hand merits. While unlikely to become the pop-cultural behemoth “ID4” was two decades ago, “Resurgence” should cast a sizeable shadow over its box-office competition.

Ok, silly and definitely not great, but probably entertaining.

My brother watched the original ID4 about four times, which I thought odd at the time because he was such a serious Marxist. (He moved to London to hang out with the last of the Communist Internationale.) Maybe there is some message about communal action that appealed to him. Unfortunately he is no longer around because of his interaction with drugs, which wrecked him up and stole his joy and hope.