Movie Galore takes a look at the invasion of Roland Emerick’s 2016 “Independence Day: Resurgence”

Written by David Strege


In 1996 Director Roland Emerich brought about one of the best invasion films of the 21st century that has become a 4th of July classic.

But in this Hollywood made sequel it had some major issues that led to it’s being a failure at the box office. I went to see it and to tell you the truth I have a love hate relationship on the film.

We have Bill Pullman returning as President Whitmore experienceing dreams and nightmares… We have his daughter grown up and in charge of his care… we have two soldiers one being the son of Lt. Hillman at odds with each other… over a matter of life and death.


We have a woman President who attacks first a sphere an object traveling towards the Earth and due to what happened the first time when the aliens attacked first when the Sphere had really come to save them…

Ultimately we have another alien invasion on our hands as there’s another hidden message that David has uncovered from the remaining ship.


It is the infamous Brent Spiner  and Judd Hersch whom I think both feel steal the screen time with his psychotic nature of the esteemed Dr Brakish Okun and Judd Reprising his role as David’s estranged father who was on a fishing trip but ended up driving a bus load of kids straight into the mother Alien hehe.


But it was also a CGI mess. When David Levinson was up in the air in a plane there was debris and planes and a lot of not believable and not real looking scenes of bubbled cartoonish CGI that made me wish for practical effects with a passion.  They had momentum in the first film this sequel wasn’t needed if it hadn’t of been for Dr. Okun’s said humor or Judd Hirsch’s performance this film was a wreck.

Though I enjoyed the thought of entertaining another invasion from this cast I was left disappointed in this film.

Starring Liam Hemsworth as Jake Morrison, Jeff Goldblum as David Levinson, Jessie T. Usher as Dylan Hiller, Bill Pullman as President Whitmore, Maika Monroe as Patricia Whitmore, Sela Ward as
President Lanford, William Fichtner as
General Adams, Judd Hirsch as Julius Levinson, Brent Spiner as Dr. Brakish Okun, Patrick St. Esprit as Secretary of Defense Tanner, Vivica A. Fox as Jasmine Hiller, Angelababy as Rain Lao, Charlotte Gainsbourg as Catherine Marceaux, Deobia Oparei as Dikembe Umbutu, Nicolas Wright as Floyd Rosenberg, Travis Tope as
Charlie Miller, Chin Han as Commander Jiang, Gbenga Akinnagbe as Agent Travis, Robert Loggia as General Grey, John Storey as Dr. Isaacs, Joey King as Sam, Jenna Purdy as Voice of Sphere (voice), Garrett Wareing as Bobby, Hays Wellford as Felix, Mckenna Grace as Daisy, James A. Woods as Lt. Ritter (as James Andre Woods), Robert Neary as Captain McQuaide, Joshua Mikel as Armand, Joel Virgel as Jaques, Arturo del Puerto as Bordeaux, Matthew Munroe as Prison Tech, Jacob Browne as
Prison Tech, Ryan Cartwright as
David’s Assistant, Travis Hammer as
Jeffrey Fineman, Lance Lim as
Camper Kevin, Zeb Sanders as
Camper Henry, Donovan Tyee Smith as
Camper Marcus, Stafford Douglas as
Flight Officer, Jade Scott Lewis as Salt Flat Tech, Beth Bailey as DC Hospital Nurse, Mona Malec as DC Hospital Nurse, Omar Diop as African Guard, Ron Yuan as L Weapons Engineer, Grace Huang as
Female Technician, Stephen Oyoung as
Young Man, J.P. Murrieta as Local Reporter, Casey Messer as Local Reporter, Ben Wang as Chinese President, Nicholas Ballas as French President, Jonathan Richards as British Prime Minister, Ivan G’Vera as Russian President (as Ivan Gvera), Michael Davis as Old Man with Oxygen, Brandon K. Hampton as Officer, Sam Quinn as Radar Officer, Shad Adair as
Aide to Sec of Defense Tanner (uncredited), Valerie Adams as Pedestrian (uncredited), Lorus Allen as Area 51 Flagman (uncredited), Mark S. Allen as
Journalist (uncredited), Toney Anton as
ESD Tech / Ground Crew (uncredited), Aurora Antonio as Teenager (uncredited), Justin Arnsworth as Fighter Pilot (uncredited), Nathaniel Augustson as
Gas Station Attendant (uncredited), Robert O. Baker as Press Corp / Washington Dignitary (uncredited), Colt Balok as
Area 51 Soldier (uncredited), Brian Barela as Area 51 Soldier (uncredited), Wren Barnes as Girl Driving Her Car Away from Chaos (uncredited), Richard Beal as Military Brass (uncredited), Ciara Bergman as ESD Tech (uncredited), Todd Bethke as
Airline Passenger (uncredited), Morse Bicknell as Russian Commander (uncredited), Steven Blacksmith as
Orderly (uncredited), Andrew James Bleidner as Area 51 Soldier (uncredited), Brian Bolman as ESD Medical Personnel (uncredited), Dante Briggins as
Area 51 Soldier (uncredited), Nathan Brimmer as Cheyenne Mountain Security (uncredited), Edward Butron as Moon Base Tech (uncredited), Monique Candelaria as
Tech Officer (uncredited), Paul Caster as
RV Driver (uncredited), Humberto Castro as Parisian Office Worker (uncredited), Leilei Chen as Background (uncredited), Gabrielle Chevalier as Civilian Child – Extra (uncredited), Jeremie Dalaba as
Area 51 ESD Tech (uncredited), Ava Del Cielo as Young Mother (uncredited), David Devereaux as Military Aide #1 (uncredited), Faber Dewar as Flight Commander (uncredited), Jetto Dorsainville as
Salt Flats Tech / Area 51 Soldier (uncredited), Edward A. Duran as
Orbital tech #2 (uncredited), Mark Falvo as
News Reporter (uncredited), Marlon V. Gaines as Driver (uncredited), Diana Gaitirira as Comms Officer (uncredited), Gerry Garcia as Bus Boy (uncredited), Tahseen Ghauri as Area 51 ESD Scientist (uncredited), Lawrence Gilligan as President Aide (uncredited), Alison Grainger as Gas Station Customer (uncredited), Evan Bryn Graves as
Pilot P. Goodman (uncredited), William Greely as Area 51 Tech (uncredited), Sylvie Hagan as Scientist (uncredited), Stephen M. Hardin as Tug Pilot (uncredited), Crystal Harris as Woman Driving Away from Chaos (uncredited), Jason E. Hill
Marine (uncredited), Landon Hill as
Bus Passenger (uncredited), Alan Humphrey as Press Corps (uncredited), Raiden Integra as Press Corps (uncredited), Benny James as Orderly (uncredited), Patrick Juarez as Area 51 Officer (uncredited), Jamie H. Jung as Ground Crew (uncredited), Jade Kammerman as
Orbital Tech (uncredited), Cory Kapahulehua as Moon Base Tug Pilot (uncredited), Harrison Kavanaugh as
ESD Tech (uncredited), Katrina Kavanaugh as ESD Tech (uncredited), Sal Koussa as
Window Washer (uncredited), Tyler Kurtz as Pilot (uncredited), Tom Kwiat as
Pvt. Ian Jennings (uncredited), Josh LaCombe as Area 51 Tech (uncredited), Jonathan Lane as Press Corps (uncredited), Andrei Lapionak as Russian Cosmonaut (uncredited), Steve Larese as Washington D.C. Dignitary (uncredited), Shawn Lecrone as Area 51 Soldier (uncredited), Kenny Leu as Ping Li (uncredited), Cajardo Lindsey as Camera Operator (uncredited), David Loving as DC Dignitary (uncredited), Kelly V. Lucio as Singapore Pedestrian (uncredited), Jonathan Lund as Scientist #1 (uncredited), Jon McGarrah as Area 51 Ground Crew (uncredited), David Melendez as Prison Tech (uncredited), David Miller as USAF 2d Lt Hamm (uncredited), Justin D. Moore as Hospital visitor / WA DC Dignitary (uncredited), Victoria L. Moya as
ESD Soldier / Hospital Patient (uncredited), Hans Obma as Sokolov (uncredited), Vaughn Odenbrett as
Angry Driver in Volvo Pulling Trailer (uncredited), Johnny Otto as
Secret Service Agent (uncredited), Akshay Patel as Dylan’s Pilot (uncredited), Daniel Pattison as Area 51 Fighter Pilot (uncredited), Julian Petersen as
Fighter Pilot / Military Soldier (uncredited), Kyle Pierson as
Area 51 / ESD Ground Crew (uncredited), Catharine Pilafas as Flight Officer #3 (uncredited), Alexander Daniel Pimentel as
Secret Service Agent (uncredited), Tiffany Quilter as Driver fleeing invasion (uncredited), Grizelda Quintana as
Road Rage / Confrontation Driver (uncredited), Dave Racki as
Chopper Pilot (uncredited), Diezel Ramos as Area 51 Soldier (uncredited), Jonathan Ray as Area 51 Soldier (uncredited), Alice Rietveld as Secret Service Agent (uncredited), Ryan Baloy Rivera as
SGT P. Howard (uncredited), Chris Romrell as Moon Base Tech (uncredited), Anthony J Sacco as Hospital visitor (uncredited), Clayton Salberg as Area 51 Fighter Pilot (uncredited), Brent Wayne Sanders as
Moon Base Tug Pilot (uncredited), Gabriel Schmidt as Driver (uncredited), Jack T. Silliman as Area 51 Tech Security (uncredited), Christian Simpson as Sgt. Fletcher Smith (uncredited), Jeremy Sims as Area 51 Technician (uncredited), Alma Sisneros as Aide 2 (uncredited), Corey Sondrup as Driver (uncredited), Phil Sperandeo as Area 51 Soldier (uncredited), David Stanford as Washington D.C. Dignitary (uncredited), Michael E. Stogner as Press Corps (uncredited), Aaron Templeton as Area 51 Solider (uncredited), Michael Love Toliver as Moon Base Tech (uncredited), Aaron Tyler as Tug Pilot (uncredited), Gregory Paul Valdez as Press Corps (uncredited), McKenna Wagenman as Gas Station Kid (uncredited), Shannan Wagenman as Gas Station Patron (uncredited), Taylor Wagenman as Hospital Kid (uncredited), Jerry Walker as Milky Eye Guard (uncredited), Rooter Wareing as White House Staffer (uncredited), Nate Warren as Marley Sullivan (uncredited), Joe Warshaw as Sgt 1st Class Miller (uncredited), Robert Douglas Washington as Dirk Strickland (uncredited), Charles Adam West as Scientist #2 (uncredited), Jeffrey M. Williams as Patricia Squadron Pilot (uncredited), Danny Winn as DC Dignitary (uncredited), Otis Winston as Brian Cole (uncredited), Benjamin Isaiah Wolfe
DC Dignitary (uncredited).

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