Independence Day

Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Will Smith
Directed by Roland Emmerich
Rating: B+

Roswell was a cover-up that could have prepared the world for the day aliens finally decide to show up.

When they do arrive, it’s not to be friends. Spaceships hover over some of the world’s capitals while humans go mad at the sight. It takes a man named David Levinson (Goldblum) who works in communications to figure out a signal the aliens are sending to each other is a countdown to total destruction.

Luckily for the president of the United States, David has connections inside the White House and is able to warn everyone inside to evacuate. Other citizens aren’t so lucky, as New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C. are among other worldwide cities that are eliminated.

When President Whitmore (Pullman) discovers the truth about Area 51, he works with some of the U.S.’s leading scientists to create a plan to take back planet Earth. David and Captain Steve Hiller (Smith) agree to pilot Roswell’s abandoned spaceship to upload a virus in the mothership that will take down all the remaining flying saucers.

Independence Day is one of those crazy sci-fi movies you can’t miss. There were explosions upon explosions before Michael Bay was around to direct and over-use them. The special effects enhanced the movie experience. The spaceships looked intimidating and the aliens did not disappoint. The aliens looked realistic and frightening, without seeming ridiculous. Movies these days don’t have that same expertise when it comes to showing off its aliens.

Now, as this movie primarily takes place with the president of the United States handling taking down the aliens, it also happens to take place on one of America’s biggest holidays. President Whitman gives a heartening speech about fighting for America’s Independence Day, including climbing into a jet to launch missiles into one of the craft’s. It’s a reminder to viewers how great America is supposed to be.

In the end, there’s only one word to describe Independence Day and that is: EPIC.


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