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Independence Day: Resurgence is hardly a film that’s offensively bad, but more suffers from the fact that it’s just so bland overall. it’s one thing for blockbusters to be generic, as many are, but the film doesn’t really set itself up for any rewards or payoffs. This stilted mediocrity only accentuates the film’s flaws, namely awful dialogue, boring characters, and rather simplistic action sequences.

Twenty years have passed since the first alien attack, and mankind has used the alien technology to build a safer planet.When David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) travels to the crash site of the wrecked ship, he discovers a distress signal, signaling for another invasion. As mankind struggles to unite Patricia Whitmore (Maika Monroe), Jake Morrison (Liam Hemsworth), and Dylan Hiller (Jesse Usher) must lead humanity against the threat of extinction.

There are dozens upon dozens of logical questions begged by the film, but the most egregious remains: why should we care? While the original film possessed a gleeful innocence, the sequels starts with meandering melodrama between uninteresting new characters, and ends with a series of bland action sequences, which hold little emotional or dramatic weight. The only bright spot here is the film’s returning cast; Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch, Brett Spiner, and Bill Pullman know they’re in a stupid movie, and at least try to make the most of it.

Independence Day: Resurgence is a letdown, but many of the film’s logical missteps or bland characters could’ve been forgiven if there seemed to be any sort of effort. There isn’t. The film just goes through the phases, and unfortunately can’t even make a big, bombastic summer movie fun in any way. It’s an obvious quality gap from the first film, and the summer’s first big disappointment. Grade: C-