Maika Monroe deserves better. So does Jeff Goldblum. So does everyone involved in this film, creators and viewers alike.
Independence Day: Resurgence works off the same sort of theme as last year’s exemplary Jurassic World: in the last twenty years, we’ve come to expect bigger and badder (with more teeth). Twenty years ago, we saved the world from an alien invasion, and now they’ve come back in bigger ships to destroy us. There are a bunch of subplots stuffed in to make you think you’re not wasting your time, but you are.
You have your hunky leads and your returning players, as well as more new characters that connect the two. Maika Monroe, so fantastic in It Follows, really shines in this regard, finding dimension in a mostly functional role. Jeff Goldblum and Liam Hemsworth do good jobs, as well, but even they aren’t given much to work with.
The graphics are cool, but derivative. The direction is decent, but routine. By the time the film reaches the third act, if you’re still paying attention, you wonder if the location choice was a budgetary concern. When the film ended (setting up for the next one), I got up from my seat and left, devoid of emotion.
I really wish I cared enough about this film to dislike it, but I couldn’t care less. Did they really have to make this? This film is so pointless and vapid, I wish we’d never declared our independence at all.
Independence Day: Resurgence is in theaters now. Watch something else.