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Independence Day (1996)

June. 25,1996
| Adventure Action Science Fiction

On July 2, a giant alien mothership enters orbit around Earth and deploys several dozen saucer-shaped 'destroyer' spacecraft that quickly lay waste to major cities around the planet. On July 3, the United States conducts a coordinated counterattack that fails. On July 4, a plan is devised to gain access to the interior of the alien mothership in space, in order to plant a nuclear missile.


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A lot of perfectly good film show their cards early, establish a unique premise and let the audience explore a topic at a leisurely pace, without much in terms of surprise. this film is not one of those films.

Humaira Grant

It’s not bad or unwatchable but despite the amplitude of the spectacle, the end result is underwhelming.

Jonah Abbott

There's no way I can possibly love it entirely but I just think its ridiculously bad, but enjoyable at the same time.


Not Caddyshack or Animal House LAUGHABLE. If you film crap, they will come. That's enough space wasted on this drivel.


When reviewing a film, I always try not to comment on religious or political views, and judge it on an entertainment and credibility level, regardless of whether it is a drama or fantasy. Although this fantasy drama mentioned at one point in the film Independence Day would be a world celebration if they stand together and eliminate the enemy, I couldn't help but feel this film was viewed entirely from an American perspective. I did not agree with the choice of actors for some of the characters, especially Bill Pullman as the President. I'm not sure whether the President himself was not a very strong, believable character, or whether Bill Pullman was not serious enough to portray the President. Having said that, the dialogue is riddled with unnecessary humor, which was more annoying than funny and uncalled for. The film had a serious premise, but it was handled in a very lighthearted manner, killing the potential suspense more often than not. The scenes that were done more seriously, were preceded or followed by comical scenes, deeming even the serious scenes lighthearted. The film had all the material to be an awesome action thriller, but the characters and dialogue were too stereotypical American. The film also had way too many plot holes and convenience, silly remarks and a lot of credibility issues that made me raise an eyebrow. For now, I'll only mention the scene where Will Smith volunteers to fly the alien aircraft, saying he's seen how they manoeuvre. SEEN is completely different to actually FLYING an alien aircraft, and he not only succeeds, but manages to escape through almost impossible obstacles. Another example is Randy Quaid's character, Russell Casse, volunteering to fight the aliens. He flies a plane, yes, but its one thing to be able to fly a plane, but to engage in combat is entirely different. He simply does not have the experience, so it wasn't believable in the least. The music was also too dramatic and overbearing at times.Regardless, this was indeed a very entertaining action sci-fi with some amazing action sequences and visual effects that are good to this day. The aliens in particular were very well designed.


This is my most favorite movie of all time because it has will smith , destruction scene , and battles to make a great alien invasion flick great movie since stargate. best alien invasion movie.


One of the most criticized movies that I remember, and for a large sector that far from seeing its true pretensions, which are none other than those of a pure and carefree entertainment judge for their patriotic messages. They can not argue otherwise than the worn and boring speech "Americanized", the same ones who do not mind that concept when they come out of films like "Save Private Ryan", "Flags of Our Fathers" and many others that according to the director the same message seems to be forgotten, when dealing with more serious issues should be more objective. In any case Roland Emmerich, he goes through the lining (fortunately) the opinion of critics and is limited to perform the kind of show that he would like to see in a movie theater. For "Independence Day", he does not hesitate to take references such as "The War of the Worlds" or "Star Wars" as well as the cinema of catastrophes of the 70's, recycling what was the day of its premiere a spectacular production with extraordinary visual effects, which combine exemplary models and digitalisations with a result of reference. The story is not new, but if it is, the dialogues are not Shakespeare's, but who cares? when it comes to spending two hours of pure action in which there is hardly room for absurd ramblings. It is therefore an easy target for those who believe themselves to be scholars and try to make those who enjoy this type of products complacent, who at least have a clear objective, to collect and entertain. I certainly had a great time and fully enjoyed this excellent science fiction film, to "Hamlet" we will leave for another day.