‘Indpendence Day: Resurgence’: Oscars, Razzies or both?

Independence Day: Resurgence” opened on June 24, 20 years after the original “Independence Day” topped the box office in the summer of 1996. While the first film was far from a critical darling, it fared far better than the new model which is taking a pounding from reviewers. As of this writing it has a 37 score on MetaCritic and only 40% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes. That could make it a possible contender for Razzie Awards.

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The original was nominated in just one Razzie category, the now-defunct race for Worst Written Film Grossing Over $100 Million, which it lost to another effects extravaganza, “Twister.” Roland Emmerich, who directed and co-wrote both “Independence Day” films, also earned Razzie bids for Worst Director and Worst Screenplay for his widely ridiculed 1998 update of “Godzilla.” But he has yet to win a Razzie despite helming other critical punching bags like “10,000 BC” and “Stonewall.”

Despite its poor reviews, though, “Independence Day: Resurgence” could still win Oscars in technical categories. That’s what happened for the first film: it won Best Visual Effects (beating “Twister” and “DragonHeart”) and earned an additional nomination for Best Sound (losing to “The English Patient”).

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If nothing else, “Resurgence” has the potential to make a mint at the box office, just like the original. “Independence Day” was the highest grossing film of 1996 taking in a staggering $306 million at the domestic box office — that’s $594 million in today’s dollars. Just last year another long-delayed sequel, “Jurassic World,” capitalized on similar audience nostalgia, raking in $652 million domestically and more than $1.6 billion worldwide.

Do you think “Resurgence” will win Razzies, Oscars, neither or both? Comment below, and discuss the big-budget sequel in our forums.

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