Independence Day: Resurgence

Independence Day: Resurgence

Roland Emmerich (2016)

12A Certificate
Monday 9pm - 11:20pm Film4


Our Score
Twenty years after Independence Day established Roland Emmerich's disaster-movie credentials and launched Will Smith into the superstar stratosphere, the director produces a belated sequel in the hope it will emulate its predecessor as one of the biggest hits of the 1990s. Given Hollywood's mania for ancient blockbuster revivalism, it was inevitable that our interstellar invaders would finally pay a return visit. But for every franchise-reviving hit (Jurassic World), there's a massive flop (Terminator: Genisys), and sadly despite some thrilling visuals, Resurgence turns out to be a strangely underpowered damp squib. Set two decades after Earth's triumph over the aliens, it sees David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum), scientist hero of the original, now promoted to head of Earth Space Defence, though he's nervously scanning the skies for what he believes is an inevitable return visit. Action heroics are provided by Liam Hemsworth, the latest in Australia's apparently inexhaustible supply of toothy Hemsworths, and newcomer Jessie Usher (as the grown-up son of Smith's flyboy hero), who play fighter-pilot jocks with a thinly sketched grudge against each other. In the opening, spectacularly destructive invasion sequences, Emmerich reliably delivers. Giant skyscrapers are upended and dropped like matchsticks on an unfortunate London while a 3,000-mile wide mothership attaches itself to Earth, glomming onto the planet like some ghastly space wart. But, after the initial excitement, the story rapidly runs out of steam, leaving the final moments of this curiously unmemorable film sounding more like a plaintive request than a promise (despite hints of a second sequel set in space).


Two decades have passed since Earth was saved from an extraterrestrial invasion, and in the years since, the aliens' salvaged technology has been used to transform the world. However, it may not be enough to save the human race when a second, even deadlier attack begins. Sci-fi adventure, starring Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth and Bill Pullman.

Cast & Crew

Jake Morrison Liam Hemsworth
David Levinson Jeff Goldblum
Thomas J Whitmore Bill Pullman
Patricia Whitmore Maika Monroe
Charlie Travis Tope
General Adams William Fichtner
Dr Catherine Marceaux Charlotte Gainsbourg
Julius Levinson Judd Hirsch
Dylan Hiller Jessie Usher
Dr Brakish Okun Brent Spiner
Jasmine Vivica A Fox
Sam Joey King
President Lanford Sela Ward
Rain Angelababy
Director Roland Emmerich
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence, some swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 23 Jun 2016