First off, here's where you can find my review for the 1996 original, which I enjoy and love & starred Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum:
This is easily the second worst film I've seen this year (after that horrible Ghostbusters flick that came out this year). This flick was infuriating, boring, lazy, generic, it was just a remake/rehash of the first one, and it's a prime example as to why Hollywood is So Crappy nowadays. And most of all, it's an INSULTING sequel to the 1996 original.
Independence Day: Resurgence is a 2016 American science fiction adventure film directed by Roland Emmerich and written by Emmerich, Dean Devlin, Nicolas Wright, James A. Woods and James Vanderbilt.
It is the sequel to the 1996 film Independence Day and stars an ensemble cast featuring Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Travis Tope, William Fichtner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Judd Hirsch, Brent Spiner and Sela Ward.
The film is set twenty years after the events of the first film. Since then, the United Nations have collaborated on the Earth Space Defense (ESD), an international military defense and research organization, and developed hybrid technology reverse-engineered from the invaders' in anticipation that they would return.
When the returning aliens again attack Earth with an advanced and unprecedented force during the twentieth anniversary of humanity's victory against them on July 4, a new generation of defenders from the ESD joins forces with the surviving protagonists from the first film to participate in a battle to save the world from annihilation.
In addition, humanity begins to explore their extraterrestrial adversary's history and motives.
It was released by 20th Century Fox in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D in the United States on June 24, 2016.
The film received generally negative reviews from critics, who found the plot convoluted and action sequences overblown, though some praised its overall humor.
The film has grossed over $383,213,659 against its $165 million production budget and was considered a box office disappointment by analysts.