Director: Roland Emmerich. Cast: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Jessie T. Usher, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward, William Fichtner, Judd Hirsch, Brent Spiner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Robert Loggia. 120 min. Rated PG-13. Action/Sci-fi.
I actually liked the original ID4. Twenty years later, the sequel feels like two hours of film-makers saying "Yeah, whatever": You want bigger ships? Yeah, whatever. Will Smith sitting this one out? Yeah, whatever. Showing a female President being trigger-happy stupid? Yeah, whatever. Repeating the same story, down to saving the dog? Yeah, whatever. Although the idea of incorporating alien technology from prior attacks into everyday life in the sequel was a nice touch, I was blurry throughout which part of the world was getting decimated, and constantly felt Emmerich was under no pressure at all to make something worthwhile.