Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch and Brent Spiner make a comeback in this film after their vital roles in the first part. Apart from them, the cast includes Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe, Jessie Usher and many more. Known for his disaster flicks, Roland Emmerich, who directed the first film wields the megaphone for this one too.
After 20 years from the first encounter with the aliens which didn't go much in favor of them, the countries of our world are all united and thanks to the capture of the alien technology, humans have used it to make world a much better and technologically advanced place to live. However, a bunch of experts predict a return of the fallen and as expected, they do return in a much larger scale than before. How will the humans fight back to save the world forms the storyline of Independence Day: Resurgence.
Bill Pullman returns as the President (now ex) who played a major role in sending back the alien scums. Jeff Goldblum, the scientist, has spent his life learning more about the enemies and seems to be back only to say that the aliens are back. Liam Hemsworth is a pilot and Jessie Usher is the step son of Will Smith who has been killed off in this sequel just because he refused to come back.
Independence Day was such a hit back in 1996 that it was the highest grosser of that year. It even revived the sci-fi genre that wasn't much famous as it is today. It's pretty sad to see that it took 20 years for the film to come out with a sequel and it's even sadder to see how it has ended up to be.
Keeping the Independence Day as a template, the second part has done exactly what the original did with almost no considerable changes. Whatever little changes present include the new generation actors, a queen alien that's similar to that of a bee colony (ironically, in a civilization that's much advanced than ours) and a supposed ally that's used only to extend the story to make more sequels.
Some of the action sequences are impressive and as always, the aliens target the iconic landmarks of the world (fortunately they haven't touched any in India). The film relies heavily on cliches and it fails to build up the tension which made the original interesting. The new gen actors act cocky and the returning cast are the saving grace. CGI looks heavily unconvincing. It's also a bit naive to show that minus the western world, the rest of it lives in tents and listens to news in radios. That's one of many instances which makes us tell the director that it's not the 90s anymore.
The film doesn't deliver anything new and it only seems shocking considering that it's from someone as iconic as Roland Emmerich. The aliens haven't got a reason to skip planet Earth but you've got many reasons to skip this film.