Hey, the White House finally makes it through an Independence Day movie.
The rest of the sci-fi sequel Independence Day: Resurgence (*1/2 out of four; rated PG-13; in theaters now) is a real disaster and amounts to a completely unneeded follow-up to the entertaining original 20 years ago. Returning director Roland Emmerich’s film checks all the appropriate boxes — wanton destruction, malevolent aliens, B-movie dialogue, rampant silliness — but the old charm just isn’t there anymore.
Resurgence does age in real time from the first Independence Day. The aftermath of the "War of ’96" has brought two decades of new alien technology melded with ours, a major worldwide rebuilding project and a complete lack of armed conflict between countries. Of course, that utopia ends again on July 4 when a new all-out alien assault — led by a seriously irked queen — begins with the arrival of a cosmic monstrosity 3,000 miles in diameter with its own gravity field. (How else would the thing pick up all of Asia and drop it on Europe? R.I.P. Big Ben.)