“Independence Day: Resurgence” (Fox)

This is a scene from the movie "Independence Day: Resurgence." The Catholic News Service classification, A-III -- adults. (CNS/Fox)

By Catholic News Service

Reprise of the hit alien-fighting epic of 20 years ago, in which the nations of the world united to fight a common foe, led by an inspirational United States president and a swaggering fighter pilot, hasn’t aged well with its premise.  Viewers who enjoy alien-invasion epics are unlikely to care so much once the shooting begins.

Instead of showing real human anguish, director Roland Emmerich, who co-wrote the screenplay with Nicolas Wright, James A. Woods, Dean Devlin and James Vanderbilt, is only interested in obliterating buildings and aircraft.

Language issues here aren’t so strong as to preclude mature adolescents, but they’re likely to be puzzled at the absence of cyber-warfare and the presence of thousands upon thousands of jet fighters. Action violence, fleeting rough and profane language. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating, PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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