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Independence Day: Resurgence | 20 Years of Evolution

Reviewed by on Jul 07, 2016
Rating: 5 Star Rating

Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. Read Gerrys movie review for Independence Day: Resurgence on Kidzworld!

By Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 14 

Independence Day: Resurgence Video Review



Twenty years ago one of the most epic action films was released - Independence Day. Now we finally got a sequel which I believe will again become one of the most exciting action films of the year - Independence Day: Resurgence - with amazing acting, spectacular visuals and an original story. 

An alien attack has devastating effects on a major world capitalAn alien attack has devastating effects on a major world capitalCourtesy of 20th Century Fox

As expected, Independence Day: Resurgence is an action film, but it goes into much more than that. This film has some romance, but it doesn’t go overboard. It just spices up the character development. The story also features a sense of adventure and, of course, a big element of sci-fi.

Earth Defense forces fire on alien fightersEarth Defense forces fire on alien fightersCourtesy of 20th Century Fox

The story starts twenty years after aliens attacked Earth in 1996. On a moon base, they discover a very powerful and large ship that has the power to rip Earth in half. The human race must then stand up again to defeat the alien race. Even with the powerful technology that has been developed, the human race is threatened of extinction!

An alien ship wreaks havoc in the skies above a fleeing shipAn alien ship wreaks havoc in the skies above a fleeing shipCourtesy of 20th Century Fox

The is one disappointment, of course. This film does not have Will Smith, but it is explained why he is not there and many new characters are introduced in addition to the favorite original characters. The special effects are impressive and breathtaking. The detail on the ships makes you feel as if they really exist. I also greatly enjoyed the story. It is original and unexpected. The aerial CGI shots are spectacular and greatly add to the intensity of the whole experience. The soundtrack deserves special mention as it really makes your adrenaline pump and the audience feels as if the theater itself is shaking. Although there isn’t much comedy in the film, it is original and made the audience laugh in certain scenes.

Fighter pilots Dylan Hiller and Jake Morrison have contrasting reactions to orders from a superiorFighter pilots Dylan Hiller and Jake Morrison have contrasting reactions to orders from a superiorCourtesy of 20th Century Fox

My favorite scene is when the giant ship first attacks the moon base. The moon base has a powerful experimental laser that they quickly fire at the ship, but discover it does not do anything to the mother ship. What is also amazing is the size of the ship compared to the moon. That scene also introduces the aliens for the first time.

Film Critic Gerry O.Film Critic Gerry O.Courtesy of KIDS FIRST!

The film is spectacular and not suited for all ages. It is rather intense and has quite a lot of gore. I recommend it for ages 11 to 18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. This truly lives up to the glory of the first film with its beautiful special effects, original story, emotional acting and an unexpected ending. It is that rare case when the sequel is as good, if not better than the original. I applaud the creators and the director Roland Emmerich. This film opens nationwide on June 24 so go check it out. 

Independence Day: Resurgence Movie Rating:5

Independence Day: Resurgence PosterIndependence Day: Resurgence PosterCourtesy of 20th Century Fox

Independence Day: Resurgence Trailer



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