One of the movies I recorded off HBO last weekend was Independence Day: Resurgence, the 2016 sequel to the 1996 original that I love dearly.
I'm finally getting around to watching it and am currently about halfway through and...
It has zero heart.
It's phoned in.
And it's desperate in its attempts to prove that it deserves to exist.
You feel nothing for any of the characters, even the ones who returned from the original film like Judd Hirsch, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica Fox, and Brent Spiner.
The closest I come to liking any characters are Charlotte Gainsbourg's Catherine Marceaux and DeObia Operai's Dikembe Umbutu.
This film basically exists to say, "Look what we can do with computers now that we couldn't do 20 years ago." In much the same way George Lucas did when he revisited the original Star Wars trilogy in 1995.
Suffice it to say that Will Smith made the wisest decision of his career in not returning for this crapfest of a film. That's really saying something considering the flops he's had lately.