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Independence Day: Resurgence
(Two popcorn boxes)  

   Writer and director Roland Emmerich has once again failed to deviate from his standard formula. And basically, if ever there was a film that did not need to exist, it is this one.
  Set 20 years after the first Independence Day (which works well, because it has been 20 years) and Earth is pretty smug about how the entire planet came together in peace and harmony to steal all the technology the first aliens brought to conquer the planet and use it for defense. Against possible future alien attacks. This should probably mean they aren’t surprised by this alien attack. Anyway….
  Hot shot pilot Jake (Liam Hemsworth) is stationed on the moon (a high tech defense colony) because he nearly killed his training partner. I’m guessing in war training that happens more than we𠆝 like, but this time he had the bad luck to almost kill Dylan Hiller (Jessie T. Usher) the dashing poster boy son of original film hero Captain Steven Hiller (Will Smith). Don’t get excited, Will Smith is not in this sad sequel. He knew better.
  President Whitmore (Bill Pullman) is here, but of course, he’s not the president anymore. And scientist Brackish Okun (Brent Spiner) is also back – he wakes up from a 20 year coma and jumps out of bed and starts fighting aliens again. Riiiiight.
  So the usual formula – hot shot hero, staunch and loyal father figure and very smart civilian who saves everyone. I almost forgot to tell you Jeff Goldblum is still here as David Levinson. They call him Director Levinson, but I am unclear as to what he is the director of…something important I’m sure. Sadly, Levinson is underutilized – as is Judd Hirsch as his father – to focus on corniness like hot shot pilot and the president’s daughter. 
  Only two boxes out of five for Independence Day: Resurgence. To be honest, Will Smith was the best reason to watch the first one and there is nothing in the second one to inspire excitement, tension or even basic interest. In my mind Roland Emmerich is known for his ridiculously corny storylines punched up with special effects – The Day After Tomorrow, Godzilla, 2012 – and this time even the special effects are corny. Blah. I recommend you skip this one and head straight to Finding Dory.
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  Of course, you recognize Liam Hemsworth for the Hunger Games blockbusters. He was also in this “good old boy” sequel in 2012 starring Sylvester Stallone.   

  Evan Peters appears in this excellent 2010 superhero flick starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who, ironically, appears as Quicksilver in Age of Ultron. Kick-Ass.

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