Every once in a while, a sequel to a movie shows up that no one wanted or asked for. It seems that in the case of Independence Day: Resurgence, that once in a while is 20 years. I guess the people involved with the first film (released in 1996) felt it was a worthy universe to revisit two decades later. I don't know that I ever found myself clamouring for ID4-2 even a single time, but it doesn't mean I'd pass up the opportunity to watch aliens wreak havoc on a world that has Bill Pullman as president.
The film takes very literally the fact that its release comes 20 years after the original. It's set 20 years after the original, in fact. In those two decades, humankind has been able to do some wonderful things with the alien technology left behind after the first invasion. I guess one thing they didn't ever think to accomplish was proper monitoring of the species of aliens who got their slimy green asses handed to them in the first film. I suppose that would be too easy, so cutting this corner was absolutely necessary. It leaves the otherwise far-advanced human race susceptible to another invasion. Well, ding fucking dong - another invasion occurs. No super laser or mega Moon Station can stop the unstoppable aliens this time! Instead, a third species needs to be introduced. Welcome to the White Sphere things! I don't know what the fuck they are, but suffice it to say they used to be aliens and have since transferred their collective existences into white spheres. Does anyone else think it looks like Marvin from Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy? I think it would have been more interesting if it was Marvin, but alas, it is not. Instead, it's some race of sentient robot balls that don't like the bad guy aliens. Since the humans have tenacity and temerity, the white sphere race wants to help them save the day! Go team!
Basically we've got Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, and a rag-tag team of scoundrels and rapscallions saving the earth again. That's not enough though! Since the movie is set 20 years after the first one, looks like it's the perfect way to introduce a new generation of alien ass-kickers! There's Thor's little brother, some nerdy guy, an Asian broad, a black guy that's the son of Will Smith's character from the first movie, and Bill Pullman's president character's daughter. I don't remember their names and don't think it really matters. As an aside here, Will Smith didn't want to appear in this ID4 sequel because he already tried the sci-fi father-son movie game in the utter failure that was After Earth. I guess that movie shit the bed so badly that Smith washed his hands of anything even remotely resembling it. How does Smith explain his presence in not one but two Men In Black sequels then? Weird.
Anyways, the special effects and CGI were both top-notch. The aliens looked pretty alien (still sticking to the biped look!). The global destruction was pretty epic (and I don't use the word lightly or ironically). The plot was Independence Day: Regurgitated, but who gives a shit? I knew exactly what I was getting into when I bought the tickets. Clearly heeding my request that goes with all shitty movies, ID4-2 even used cheesy dialogue that I was able to predict before it was said on-screen. In situations like this, the bar is set pretty low and I don't ask for much. Independence Day: Resurgence met all my criteria and I left now having a clear mental image of what it would look like seeing Jeff Goldblum and Liam Hemsworth escaping the clutches of aliens through an absolutely destroyed London in a spaceship. I don't know that I was looking for that, but I now have it and can't change that. As a spoiler, Vivica A. Fox is in the movie for about two minutes and gets super-killed. Looks like both parents dying explains at least a bit of the new generation motivation behind kicking some serious alien ass. Go see this film if you want an over-the-top silly Roland Emmerich film. Don't see it if you hated the first ID4 or hate America, freedom, and liberty. How's that for pressure?!