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Earth. Take a good look. It might be your last.
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 the a plan is devised to gain access to the interior of the alien mothership in space in order to plant a nuclear missile.
Breathtaking and operatic cheese on the cheesiest level of cheese that cheese can achieve. Jeff Goldblum is one of the greatest specimens ever created and Bull Pullman's speech never fails to make me tear up. 'Merica.
From the director who once stated that he is "a filmmaker, not a scientist" as his defense to the plethora of historical & scientific inaccuracies present in his movies, Independence Day remains Roland Emmerich's most enjoyable & unabashedly entertaining work to date and is the picture that introduced me to this weirdo. And although it offers the same ridiculousness as his other features, it still succeeds as a solid popcorn flick that was once at the forefront of large-scale disaster films.
The story concerns an alien invasion against which the entire mankind unite together to fight for its freedom. It begins on July 2 when an alien mothership enters the Earth's orbit & deploys several spaceships which take over the major cities of…
This fast-paced and fairly enjoyable science-fiction action adventure is a typical piece of work from director Roland Emmerich, but also incorporates a few things to make it a lot better than the other films I've seen from him. Roland Emmerich is the same filmmaker who were once quoted saying "I'm a filmmaker not a scientist", but who also feels that he's knowledgeable enough to say that scholars who object to the accuracy of his Shakespeare film are liars. This doesn't in any way affect the rating or the quality of the film at hand, I guess I'm trying to say that this is a science-fiction film with fiction in capital letters.
Independence Day is pretty light on the science, which…
"Kick the tires and light the fires, big daddy!"
I just watched Independence Day three times in one sitting. Almost literally, I only really stood up to use the restroom. My father-in-law just left it on all day, and I just kept on watching it. I couldn't help but wonder what healthy, ambitious people were doing today. Probably healthy, ambitious activities. Suckers.
I had flashbacks to when I was a little turd kid and watched Empire Strikes Back on repeat, only that is one of the greatest films ever made and this is Roland Emmerich.
Not afraid to admit it though, it was a pretty great day.
Yes it's cheesy and cliched, but damn if it isn't enjoyable.
Categorically absurd and wildly amusing, maybe the last completely guileless spectacle. They might as well have used pie-tins on strings instead of these gorgeous miniatures, and Emmerich's straight-up economy makes the talky parts look practically Preminger-like. Weird. Anyway, this surprisingly blows up better than ever.
"All right, you alien assholes! In the words of my generation: Up... YOURS!"
I used to dislike this very much, but then again I used to be a bit of a grump. I love the 90's, I love 90's blockbuster action (specifically), I love the Goldblum, I...like Will Smith, I love a good score, I love practical effects like miniatures, and I love it when a film features a speech so bone chillingly great that it gets you pumped up to fight aliens in your living room even though you ain't even American.
Independence Day is big and bold and a ton of fun. Should it get a sequel? Probably not. But we'll see if I stick by that when Resurgence invades cinemas later this year. Just one question, though...Will Hollywood superstar Brent Spiner be back?
Say what you want, but it's just a load of fun. Sometimes that's all a movie needs to be.
Seems like I have a different opinion here, again, but I think this was pretty much a perfect movie in its genre and that's why I give it four stars. If you are watching this seriously, of course you are going to be disappointed. But this wasn't even meant to be a serious movie in the first place. This is the kind of entertainment where you don't have to think at all and just enjoy of it. It has its own place in the world and I don't get the people who still don't understand that.
It is really funny, and the first hour is surprisingly thrilling too. It was a pleasure to watch this because I liked the characters.…
Just another generic blockbuster although it has a few good moments. Also, you don't want to die a virgin.
Oh man, saw the trailer for the new one and got nostalgic. This was a childhood favourite just for the visual effects and it spurring on my career choice. But man it's a cheesefest. Classic Roland Emmerich disaster movie. I guess this was one of the films that brought them back into fashion. I have to say Jeff Goldblum is a favourite and i'm excited to see him in the sequel. It's also interesting to see these visual effects again. I remember them being the height of sophistication at the time and while some of the compositing isn't all that great by today's standards the model work is all awesome. Fun to watch again. So schmaltzy. So nostalgic.
This was great looking especially for its day, but it is impossible to overcome all of the cornball dialogue and performances. I think if you could have just removed the really overbearing performances from Harry Connick, Harvey Fierstein, and especially Randy Quaid, it might have been okay.
Yes it's cheesy and cliched, but damn if it isn't enjoyable.
I wish there weren't so many plot lines. It's tough to interweave Will Smith, Randy Quaid, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, and everyone else in a way that doesn't feel "oh, well naturally that's what would happen." It feels very contrived at times.
But who can deny the watching power of this enormous cast and the excitement of nuclear strikes, global unity, and an alien invasion? It's completely watchable (if long), and not trash like a lot of big budget movies nowadays (Transformers).
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Stole--*cough* I mean borrowed--the idea from Boonme, but with my own little twist.
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