Two decades after the freak alien invasion that nearly destroyed mankind a new threat emerges. This Alien mothership is more than twice the size as the last one and once again, the world's armies must band together to save the world. Do they have enough firepower or will this battle change and will aliens take over?
To prepare for his role as President Thomas J. Whitmore in the original Independence Day (1996) film, Bill Pullman read Bob Woodward's The Commanders and watched the documentary film The War Room (1993). The character is reprised in Independence Day: Resurgence and is referred to as former President Whitmore. In the final battle on the first movie, Pullman refers to himself as "Eagle 1". In the science fiction spoof Spaceballs (1987), also from the 20th Century Fox studio, his character called himself "Eagle 5". See more »
Dr Oken says that he scanned the sphere and it wasn't making any emissions but it is clearly visible so is emitting electromagnetic radiation in the visible spectrum and when Floyd touches it he doesn't make any comment about its temperature so it must also be emitting some heat so infra red it also highly likely. See more »
Two main problems - The ending & Too rushed (NO SPOILERS)
I think I know why so many didn't like the latest Independence Day-movie. As most of us know, our feelings and opinions about a movie weighs mostly on how it ends. If it's a great movie with a bad ending, you'll leave the cinema or sit in your sofa feeling disappointed and then you'll attribute that feeling to the entire movie.
I enjoyed the movie, it captured the tone of the first one very well - very cheesy, action packed and humorous. The two biggest problems however was the duration and ending. Without giving anything away, it ends too abruptly. I get the idea, but ending a movie like that almost never works, especially not when the original movie ended the way it did: with a spectacular burning debris rain. This just... ends.
The other problem I had with it was that they tried to cram in too much in just two hours. The first one had a perfect pacing, almost just as much sh*t happening as it was in this one. But the fact that it was a whole 30-minutes shorter made half the movie seem rushed, especially the second half. Which is too bad because it had potential to be just as good as the original. Other than that, it was pretty spot on. I especially enjoy the fact that it doesn't hold off any cheese, like the trend we've seen in most of our latest sci-fi epics. Everything's so dark and gritty nowadays and it's nice to see this movie take a step backwards towards what made the original movie so special.
I give it a 6/10. Good, enjoyable popcorn flick. Could be better, but could've been a hell of a lot worse.
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