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Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

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Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. But will mankind's new space defenses be enough?



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jake Morrison
... David Levinson
... Dylan Hiller
... President Whitmore
... Patricia Whitmore
... President Lanford
... General Adams
... Julius Levinson
... Dr. Brakish Okun
... Secretary of Defense Tanner
... Jasmine Hiller
... Rain Lao
... Catherine Marceaux
... Dikembe Umbutu (as DeObia Oparei)
... Floyd Rosenberg


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?

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We had twenty years to prepare. So did they. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG - 13 for sequences of sci - fi action and destruction, and for some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 June 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

ID Forever Part 1  »

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Box Office


$165,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,039,944, 26 June 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character of Albert Nimziki from the original Independence Day (1996), who was portrayed by actor James Rebhorn, was not reprised for this movie, due to the death of Rebhorn in 2014. See more »


When the alien mothership landing on earth, it fly from east to west. Across Asia, Europe, Atlantic Ocean, then towards east coast of US. However when it stop at north lawn of White House, it looks like the ship was fly from north toward south. See more »


Patricia Whitmore: [Referring to interred aliens] Why are they screaming?
Dr. Brakish Okun: They're not screaming. They're celebrating.
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Crazy Credits

Dedicated to actor Robert Loggia, who died in 2015. See more »


Referenced in Flat Earth & Other Hot Potatoes: Episode #1.43 (2015) See more »


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I went to see this instead of watching fireworks... big mistake
4 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

I don't like fireworks. Never did. I didn't want to waste my time watching them, so instead I decided to go and see "Independence Day: Resurgence." I've never regretted a decision more in my life.

Wow. You ever sit in a class room, and while the teacher is talking you just kind of zone out, and then about ten minutes later you jump back to reality and realize you're supposed to be paying attention? This happened to me multiple times during this movie. There were points where I actually forgot I was watching a film, and I'm not joking.

The tag line is "We had twenty years to prepare. So did they." But did they? Because after watching this movie I really couldn't tell. In fact, the aliens seemed weaker. Sure, they had a few force fields, a few clever bait and switches, but is that really all they came up with after twenty years? No wonder no one in the movie seemed afraid of them. People actually seemed pretty calm, even though the aliens wiped out London and China immediately after entering the Earth's atmosphere, just by flying over them. But that doesn't seem to bother anyone. The Earth is going to end in a few minutes? Didn't seem to matter to anybody in this film, because no one showed any emotion, and anger, any sadness, any grief, any hysteria, or any fear relating to this, and because of this, there was no sense of tension or fear for the viewer either. And this throws the tone off, also. I understand that these movies are supposed to be guilty pleasure fun, but at least have the tone be a little darker and a little more serious. This film was so lighthearted that it was actually off-putting.

This movie never really felt like it got started either. I mean, you get your giant CGI explosion fest when the alien ship first enters the Earth's atmosphere, with cities literally being torn out of the ground, but then the action never gets any bigger or better than that. My jaw literally dropped while watching the destruction during this scene, and I was ready for the action to intensify and grow. But it didn't. It got slower. They put the climax in the first 45 minutes of the movie, and then just spend the rest of the running time focusing on the falling action.

The action was also incoherent, with a million things happening on the screen at one time. It was hard to follow and looked very generic, and while it wasn't necessarily boring, it wasn't exciting in the slightest. And the CGI wasn't even that good either; there were points where watching this movie was like watching gameplay of an off-brand science fiction video game that was released in the middle of winter to appeal to the parents of small children who have no idea that the game they're buying is a cheap knockoff of a triple A title.

And speaking of CGI, the universe that was built in the film didn't seem believable at all. I didn't see an improved and more protected Earth that used futuristic alien technology to their advantage. I saw a paint bucket of CGI vomit thrown on the screen, with Roland Emmerich stuffing it down our throats while saying "Believe it! This is reality!"

I should've watched the fireworks instead.

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