Movie Review: Independence Day: Resurgence (3.5/10)

I went in hoping with extremely low expectations, hoping for just some silly Roland Emmerich signature disaster movie fun.  He’s done good (entertaining, at least) work before, including the first “Independence Day” and “The Patriot”, the latter of which I did not know was directed by him until I looked him up.

However, “Independence Day: Resurgence” definitely did not indicate a resurging Emmerich, but a perpetuation of the Emmerich of late, the Emmerich who directed corny cheesy disaster-fests such as “The Day After Tomorrow,” “10,000 B.C.”, “2012,” and “White House Down.” All of these films, “Resurgence” included, suffer from the same Emmerich-isms, as I like to call them, such as one-dimensional characters, horrible dialogue, weak plot development, and a general lack of concern for detail.

But whereas “The Day After Tomorrow,” “2012,” and “White House Down” were at least entertaining in the silliest sense, “Resurgence” just couldn’t even reach that point.

There were several moments during the big set pieces which were enjoyable, but they were few and far in between in this overlong movie.  There’s really not much to recommend about this film.

Movie Review: 300 – Rise of an Empire

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When you make a movie that is iconic as “300,” people will inevitably compare any sequel to the original.

Sadly, I have to say that in every aspect, “Rise of an Empire” feels far short of the first “300.”  Even though the stakes are higher, the tone and atmosphere of the film does not retain the glorious, no-holds-barred attitude of its predecessor.

What was magical about the first “300” was that, in a rare case, we witness a story where the warriors are happy about sacrificing themselves for their cause, even though we were never entirely sure for what cause they were fighting.  It was pure camp and corny, but they pulled it off brilliantly and made it look easy.

Examples of films that tries to emulate the feel of “300” are “Clash of the Titans,” and “Immortals,” and these films show that ancient-swords-and-sandals films, if not done the right way, can be cringingly-corny and difficult to watch.  Sadly, ‘Rise of an Empire” dabbles into this area of mediocrity at times.

“300: Rise of An Empire” is a decent time at the theatres, but don’t expect anything as epic and awing as the first “300.”