Independence Day (1996)
Independence Day auspiciously begins with Alien ships passing over the moon headed toward earth and is followed by a geeky guy listening to the song “It’s the end of the world as we know it….” when he discovers the ships approaching. From there the whole movie is a whirlwind of action as the aliens descend upon earth and begin to eradicate it of life. The world is seemingly defenseless against the attack until a renegade pilot (Will Smith) and a computer genius who supposedly foresaw this attack (Jeff Goldblum) arrive on the scene to help the President of the United States (Bill Pullman). In the end the humans triumph all on the 4th of July. Also starring Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, Randy Quaid, Vivica A. Fox, Margaret Colin and Robert Loggia.
Independence Day wasn’t beloved by the critics, in fact for them it was too Hollywood in nature with its big time visual effects and the contended that the story was poorly developed. Audiences couldn’t have disagreed more. Independence Day is an action packed, adrenaline pumping film that is sure to please. Will Smith is fantastic. He plays the renegade, hot-shot pilot who pretty much saves the world and he does a fantastic job of it too! The story while it isn’t anything to shake a stick at does its job and keeps the story moving and the action going. You can’t say this one will win any awards but it is definitely worth watching because you will enjoy the non-stop fast-moving action, with the added bonus of some heartfelt moments and a bunch of hilarious lines too.
10/10 Stars – Happy Independence Day to the United States of America!
I remember July 4th, 1996. I went up to the AMC theater near my house (where I would get my first job in 1998) and I had to buy a ticket to another movie to sneak in because the movie was sold out. I sat in the very front row at the end near the aisle and watched it almost sideways, but boy was it worth it. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air might have launched his TV career, but Independence Day is the movie that made Will Smith’s movie career what it is today. Jeff Goldblum, coming off his success in Jurassic Park, also adds plenty of humor and charm to one hell of a fun ride. The scene where the White House blows up has become one of the top iconic moments in cinema and anyone, young or old, will know what film it is from. Appearing on my personal top 100 list, Independence Day is not a movie that anyone should miss!
10/10 Stars – Who doesn’t like this movie? Aliens, explosions, Will Smith and America!
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