Independence Day: Resurgence

Theatrical Release: June 24, 2016
Independence Day: Resurgence


We always knew they were coming back. After ‘Independence Day’ redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.

Dove Review

“They’re back.” That’s the main focal point of the new “Independence Day” movie, “Resurgence”, although it definitely ends with an open door for another possible sequel. Twenty years have passed since the alien invasion of 1996. Now former President Whitmore (Bill Pullman) is still recovering from what the first invasion did to him, as he is cared for by his daughter, Patricia (Maika Monroe). Patricia is engaged to Jake Morrison (Liam Hemsworth), a pilot in a moon mission and a terrific fighter. He will be needed when the aliens return. The former president, Whitmore, works with current President Lanford (Sela Ward), called “Madame President” in the film, to try to keep the situation from escalating when it becomes apparent the bad guys, and girl, have returned.

With strong talent like Jeff Goldblum as David Levinson, and Judd Hirsch who is perfectly cast as his dad, Julius Levinson, the film showcases a lot of talent. The special effects are dazzling and the space ship “dog fights” are amazing. It is learned that the queen of the aliens is America’s newest enemy, and the threat is even greater than the first time around. But it is the human stories, such as will Jake survive to see his fiancé Patricia again, and the death of someone close to Dr. Brakish Okun (Brent Spiner), that truly keep the human emotions and elements alive in the picture. There are tense moments balanced with some humor. For example, when Jake is grounded for disobeying an order that saves lives, he wonders aloud, “Can I still watch TV?” Regrettably, the movie contains very strong language and fairly frequently, so we are not able to award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Kissing in a few scenes; a few innuendos including one about a couple bumping into each other a few times; an innuendo from a guy about spending "the ten best minutes of my life" in the past with his girlfriend.
Language: A lot of language throughout including "J", "JC", "Holy Ch*st", "Ch*st Almighty", "GD", "OMG" and they are uttered multiple times, as well as other words like "H", "S" "A", "D" and others, including "Idiot" and "Shut up."
Violence: A lot of fantasy violence including alien space ships and US fighters being hit and several burn up and are destroyed; buildings crumble and cars fall off bridge; creatures grab humans and several humans die as do the aliens as they are hit with laser blasts; a knife is used on an alien; buildings are set on fire; falling debris hits White House.
Drugs: A sign features a character smoking either a cigar or cigarette; several men drink at a party and a few seem intoxicated but they sober up quickly when they are put on alert; in a separate scene a man is seen with a drink.
Nudity: A man's rear in his underwear hangs out as he wears a hospital gown; man's rear is slightly visible through underwear in strong light for just a second or two.
Other: Skulls are seen on poles; tension between a few characters; a young man remembers the last thing he said to his parents being, "I hate you" when they left him at a place but it was to save his life and he now regrets saying it to them; death and grief; after a close call a couple of fighters admit they "peed" their pants.


Company: 20th Century Fox
Director: Roland Emmerich
Genre: Science-Fiction
Runtime: 120 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L Carpenter