Movie | Recycled tropes, soporific heroics, and failed attempts at humor will leave viewers rooting for the aliens
by Bob Brown
Posted 6/29/16, 08:44 am
The original Independence Day blockbuster came out—hold on to your walkers—in 1996, a mere seven years after the Berlin Wall fell and five years before 9/11. The greatest threat to America during that in-between era of innocence (and ignorance) probably did come from extraterrestrials, or so many thought. (X-Files, anyone?) But the new sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence, out finally after 20 years, fizzles with recycled tropes, soporific heroics, and none of the original’s legitimate drama.