⭐⭐ Stars

Quick Verdict – 20 years and this is the best they could come up with. 

So I walked out of the cinema thinking ‘well I enjoyed that.’ Maybe nostalgia had numbed my brain, because over the course of the next 7 days I picked it to pieces and dropped it from an original ⭐⭐⭐⭐ stars, to its current rating ⭐⭐ stars. So what went wrong?

This is a film the world never really needed or asked for. That sounds harsh but it’s true. It was great seeing Jeff Goldblum and Brent Spiner back in full swing, but I didn’t need to see Bill Pullman’s President a shadow of his old self. Vivica Fox came back for 2 pointless scenes and apologies for this spoiler (SPOILER ALERT) but I wish they had killed Judd Hirsch’s Julius on that bloody boat. I could have been out of the cinema a full 15 minutes sooner if it wasn’t for his pointless story arc. The only reason I can think they put that story in is because they needed to fill the space when Will Smith very wisely said no thank you to returning.  This film really misses him.

Going back to my original Independence Day review I said that they had likeable characters. In this sequel the only characters you have any emotional attachment to are some of the returning lot. Sorry Liam, Jessie and Maika I couldn’t care less about you. Even William Fichtner’s character is throwaway and I really like him as an actor. 

So it was nice to see some of the old gang back together again, some of the action scenes were entertaining and if successful enough, has set itself up well for another one. But it definitely lacked some heart. 

There are now 2 things I’d like to come out of this film, and I have Dan Murrell from Screen Junkies to thank for this. 

  1. The story of the battle in Africa, as it sounds immense. 
  2. My very own 12 foot oil painting of Will Smith in a flight suit. 

Watch this if you like –

  • Sequels without the main character.
  • 2012 (okay it isn’t that bad)