A common question we all seem to have asked for the last decade now: Is the sequel really necessary? In most cases, it's a recipe for disaster. In this case... mostly yes, but it plays the disaster part so well. The sequel to Roland Emmerich's fan-favorite sci-fi film has finally arrived, delivering some common threads of what made its predecessor great, but not enough to stand on its own.
When Independence Day was first released in 1996, it attracted a large number of audiences thanks to an exceptionally strong marketing campaign. Its teaser trailer alone, showing the infamous shot of the White House's destruction by extraterrestrial hands, made a tremendous impact for filmgoers and helped the film become a massive success at the box office worldwide. The characters, while mainly stereotypes, were enjoyably bad stereotypes. I still remember Will Smith's cockiness (Smith did not return for the sequel), Jeff Goldblum's stuttering scientific mumbo-jumbo, Bill Pullman's speech near the end, and a strong sense of unification for humanity in its earth-shattering climax.
Director: Roland Emmerich
Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth, Bill Pullman, Jessie Usher, William Fichtner, Brent Spiner, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox