May 25, 2024

Opinion: “Independence Day” expectations come up short

Tiara Holts reviews the “Independence Day: Resurgence,” the sequel to the 1996 film “Independence Day.”

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A battle against evil aliens trying to destroy Earth.

That is basically “Independence Day: Resurgence” in a nutshell. Although this film was highly anticipated, this weekend the reviews were not so stellar and had me contemplating whether or not I wanted to see this film. In the end, I’m glad I did.

The film included familiar faces such as David Levinson, played by Jeff Goldblum and President Withmore, played by Bill Pullman. It also includes some new additions like Liam Hemsworth, co-starring as Jake Morrison, and Jessie Usher as Dillon Hiller, son of the notably absent star of the first Independence Day, Captain Steve Hiller (Will Smith).

The film opens with the threat of another alien invasion looming near as David’s investigation of a mothership is interrupted by an unnecessary attack on an unidentifiable object, which is presumed to be a threat that unleashes a chain of unfortunate events. With that being said, the main idea was just the typical good humans under attack again because of an ill-advised plan to protect the planet, and it didn’t really have any type of originality involved.

However, the the graphics were fantastic. The scenes in outer space, and even when the aliens began to destroy Earth, were extremely well-executed and more realistic than I thought. I also liked the way that the final battle at the end ultimately connected everyone together that was introduced towards the beginning of the film because someone who hasn’t seen the first “Independence Day” would not be confused at all, even with the fast pacing.

Although the graphics were amazing and the comic relief, although not the best, had pretty good timing, the plot seemed too long and drawn out to me. With the film being a little over two hours, the climax should’ve arrived sooner, and it should’ve been quicker. Aside from that, the cliché nature of the plot probably had something to do with its not so stellar reviews from critics.

That being said, I don’t believe that the film was as horrible as the reviews made it seem. However, this is a modern day sci-fi film which caters to a specific audience. If you already aren’t the biggest alien invasion fan, this movie isn’t for you. Although this film wasn’t the best, it certainly wasn’t the worst.

Featured image by Ryan McGill

Edited by Taylor Owens

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Tiara Holt is a senior at the University of Tennessee majoring in Journalism and Electronic Media with a minor in Cinema Studies. Aside from being a rock music enthusiast and food lover, her pastimes include drawing, painting, reading and watching The X-Files.