Independence Day: Resurgence 'like watching a two-hour movie trailer'

It's the big alien invasion blockbuster that's flying into cinemas this week, but the sequel to 1996's Independence Day isn't a hit with critics.

The film, a follow-up to the Will Smith-starring original in which aliens attack Earth, features Liam Hemsworth and Jeff Goldblum, and is billed as a much bigger, all-out action film where the stakes are higher.

But review embargoes broke overnight and reviewers let rip, criticising Roland Emmerich's latest effort for being "lazy" and "borderline nonsensical".

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"Resurgence inflates the scale of the alien threat to such a preposterous degree - the mothership takes up roughly an eighth of the Earth's total surface - that the queues of honking traffic and rooftop helicopter rescues we're supposed to invest in can't help but feel like microscopic trifles," wrote The Telegraph.

"Joyless and tedious, a reboot quite without the first film's audacity and fun ...

"It's a movie that is going through the intergalactic motions," said The Guardian.

And TimeOut London had this to say: "It's all too much too fast, and the cumulative effect is like watching a two-hour trailer - more dizzying than thrilling."

But Empire was more positive, saying you might even forget the star from the first film is missing.

"As spectacular as you'd hope from a sequel to the 1996 planet-toaster, and as amusingly cheesy. You'll enjoy yourself enough that you won't even miss Will Smith."

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The film has a 49 per cent approval rating on Metacritic, and 55 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Independence Day: Resurgence hits New Zealand theatres tomorrow.

- NZ Herald

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