Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) 4K Review

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If you own the first Independence Day, I suggest buying this one so you have both in your collection, but, as a stand-alone, it doesn’t excite as much as the original.

In 1996, Independence Day became the biggest movie of the summer. An alien invasion meant certain annihilation for the entire world.  Will Smith's  (Ali) character was the cocky fighter pilot who saved us all and cemented his career as a bona fide movie star.  Bill Pullman's (American Ultra) presidential speech was the locker room pep talk to end all pep talks.  Of course, we ultimately won the showdown and the Aliens were defeated.

Twenty years later, the alien spaceship in the African Desert suddenly "wakes up" and strange activities, including odd drawings, have been observed by humans worldwide.  Independence Day: Resurgence, out now on Blu-Ray and DVD, brought the original blockbuster film back into the forefront of our minds and audiences were excited for it's sequel.  Sadly, it didn't live up to it's predecessor and wasn't the hit summer movie the studio had hoped it would be.

The earth has enjoyed relative peace and technological growth for twenty years, but when an alien spacecraft shows up outside the moon's space station, panic and fear run high and we end up blowing it out of the sky.  Unfortunately, a bigger, stronger alien ship shows up in its wake and latches onto earth.  Once again, we are subject to alien attack with little chance of survival.  However, when the first alien spacecraft turns out to be a friend, not a foe, us mere humans figure out a way to try and defeat our enemy once again.

The cast of this sequel includes some of our original favorites including Pullman, Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park), Judd Hirsch (Numb3rs) and Brent Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and they are as entertaining and enjoyable as ever.  Joining them are some up and coming talent, such as Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games series), Jessie T. Usher (Level Up), and Maika Monroe (Labor Day).  While these younger actors are fairly good, they aren't as memorable as the older ones and have less of an impact.  

The 4K Blu-ray is presented in 2160p resolution with an original aspect ratio of 2.39:1.  While 4K has the best quality picture and sharpness, it can be a problem with films that have a lot of special effects.  Because the quality is so good the aforementioned effects tend to look fake and cheesy and, unfortunately, Independence Day: Resurgence suffers this fate.  I often felt as though I was watching one of those opening sequences of amusement park rides used to get the audience into the mood for their "adventure".  If you don't happen to be watching the 4K version I'm sure the effects look pretty great which can only add to your viewing experience.

The audio fairs better, as it is Dolby TrueHD 7.1.  The quality is fantastic and the surround sound envelops the viewer for a very pleasurable experience.  The audio mix isn't the best though, and I often had to adjust the volume between the dialog and the explosions, though it wasn't as bad as some of the other Blu-rays I've watched.

There are a number of extras on the 4K Blu-ray and some are certainly more enjoyable than others.  These include:

• Deleted Scenes (1080p; 8:24) which has some insightful moments that probably should have stayed in the film

• The War of 1996 (1080p; 5:11) is a "fake" look back at the events of the original movie.

• It's Early ABQ (1080i; 3:07) is another "fake" look at post-1996 America that features Hirsch and Goldblum

• Another Day: The Making of Independence Day: Resurgence  a long but enjoyable look at the behind the scenes of the movie, broken into four parts

• Gag Reel  that has some cute and funny moments

• Original Presentational Images 

• Theatrical Trailers 

This sequel will sorely disappoint those who found the original film to be one of the best movies of all time.  The new cast members aren't as strong, the script isn't as good and the story is pretty much the same as the first one.  However, with the newest technology, the special effects are better than the original ones of twenty years ago, which is always a big audience draw.  

If you own the first film, I suggest buying this one so you have both in your collection, but, as a stand-alone, it doesn't excite as much as the original.

Grade: D

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MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 120 minutes
Distributed By: 20th Century Fox

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Allison Rose, a Senior Correspondent and Critic at FlickDirect, is a dynamic presence in the entertainment industry with a communications degree from Hofstra University. She brings her film expertise to KRMS News/Talk 97.5 FM and broadcast television, and is recognized as a Tomatometer-Approved Critic. Her role as an adept event moderator in various entertainment industry forums underscores her versatility. Her affiliations with SEFCA, the Florida Film Critics Circle, and the Online Film Critics Society highlight her as an influential figure in film criticism and media.


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