"Independence Day: Resurgence" is a dull, brainless sequel, representing how sadly major studio film quality has declined in the intervening two decades. And how gullible the makers think audiences have become.
Moreover, the movie keeps announcing over and over exactly how much time is left before the world gets destroyed. In practical terms, that simply reminds the audience that this two-hour exercise feels like a pretty long sit, despite its frenetic pacing.
The first "Independence Day" had the gratifying slap of good pop cinema, harmless and weightless; the follow-up is twice as big and half as fun.
The temptation is there to say that Independence Day: Resurgence tarnishes the image of its predecessor but the original Independence Day wasn't all that good to begin with.
It's a non-movie, an insult to the blockbuster genre, and should stand only as a perfect example of Hollywood's more glaring deficiencies as an industry.
Disposable and shockingly inept.
Well that was unnecessary.
You can forgive Independence Day: Resurgence for being ridiculous -- its predecessor was too. But you can't forgive it for being boring.
The results are predictably predictable if rarely entertainingly risible, with swaths of exposition and dialogue that sounds like ads ("one people, one world").