Saturday, May 18, 2024

Reviews for “Independence Day: Resurgence” Trickling In, And They’re Not Good


Believe me, I take no pleasure in this news. I loved the original “Independence Day.” I saw it like three times in one week with different people. But that was 20 years ago. In a far off galaxy…

Now the reviews are coming in for the $200 million sequel “Resurgence” and they are not good. They are indifferent to bad with a few
“mehs” as well. Rotten Tomatoes assigned a positive ranking to what seems like a pan from Time Out London, so we’ll have to take those numbers with a pinch of salt.

But the Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw says it’s a “planet-smashingly boring sci-fi sequel.” Most of the early reviews agree the cast is bland and undistinguished. No one can figure out how Brent Spiner’s character is alive when he clearly died in the original.

More reviews tomorrow. Look, there’s not much competition this weekend. “IDR” should be have a big launch. But it will have to make most of its money upfront, and pray that people in non English speaking countries will go for the action and special effects.

PS This may be the reason why there was never another “Starship Troopers,” also one of the great gems of sci fi kitsch.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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