Some directors find success with a formula and, for a lack of better ideas or larger ambition, repeat it over and over again until studios stop paying them money to. (How else to explain the continued employment of Michael Bay?)
Roland Emmerich is one of those directors. After Universal Soldier and Stargate, he reinvented the modern disaster movie by adding as many explosions and pyrotechnics as he could fit into Independence Day. Upon bombing with his 1998 Godzilla reboot, Emmerich then retreated back to the commercial comfort of The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, and White House Down.
He now finally returns to the story that blew up his career twenty years ago, continuing what he originally envisioned as a trilogy. Independence Day: Resurgence may not have the bombastic impact of the original, nor its ballsy ingenuity, but it’s still better than you’d expect a two-decades-later sequel to be.