Classic Film Review: Independence Day (1996)

So welcome my first film review where I look at films in my movie collection at home. Today I’m going to look at the Roland Emmerich Sci fi Disaster epic ‘Independence Day’ which is one of my favourite movie of all time, and is the 47th highest-grossing film of all time.









My Review

The plot for this film is pretty simple, when massive spaceships appear over earth major cities, people of the earth wonder what their intended are. But that soon turns in terror when the ship fire destructive all over the world and puts the mankind of the verb of extinct. The only hope is for a determined band of survivors who united for last strike against the alien invaders before they wipe out the whole human race forever.

The film stars Will Smith as Captain Steven Hiller an U.S Air Force Pilot who aspires to be an astronaut but has been turned down by NASA, Jeff Goldblum as a computer expect working as a satellite technician in New York City and Bill Pullman as Thomas J. Whitmore, the President of the United States and a former Persian Gulf War fighter pilot.

Indpendence day 4Will Smith by far stands out it this film as the badass fighter pilot you kick some alien ass, he is an enjoy to watch with this being the film that turned him into an A-List star and you can see why it did. Jeff Goldblum is also great after the back of success of Jurassic Park the same year, and he stand out in every scene he in and is fun to watch. But the way Goldblum speak was cool back in the 90’s but feels dated if you watch it now.

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Bill Pullman performs well as the President and I like the way he starts as a president that isn’t popularity to a strong leader who kick some alien ass is pretty cool. Also he gives one of the most cheesiest but awesome movie speeches of all time. The side characters aren’t so great and at time it gives off a bad stereotype feel. I would have like to know more about Mary Mcdonnell, Vivica A. Fox and Randy Quaid characters but with all the action going on I guessing finding the time for character development is hard.

So Independence Day has some good and bad parts but have more good then bad in my opinion. The good is the action and the special effect which for the time was amazing, but still whole up today with the mix of CGI and practical effect. The scenes like the attack on New York, Washington DC etc and the blowing up the empire state building and the white house still really cool.

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Independence Day isn’t a prefect film would the one dimension characters, a plot at time that doesn’t make sense, the ending that makes the alien look dumb with the use of a computer virus to defeat a highly advanced alien race, stereotypes that could offend someone and the way that only america can save the day. But this film is an nostalgia trip for me as it was one of the film I watched when I was a kids. But I overlooks these problem because of it fun feel and it doesn’t take itself too serious and for some people it a guilty pleasure.

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This film is a mixed of 50’s and 60’s alien film’s and 70’s disaster films would at time was unheard off. It also give off united and patriotism feel with the theme of what would happened with the world worked together we can do anything. This is a power message in a world that is more divided than ever.

Final Thoughts (Grade: B+)

I give this film an B+ because of the entertaining value it gives and the great action and is the best disaster films of the 90’s. I mean if the character were more developed then it would have got a A grade but good film overall. But check it out this film is worth a watch and hope you enjoy my review. Let me know what you though are on the film by leaving a comment below, as well as contacting me on the following links:


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To end this review I would like to share a video of the one of the greatest movie speech of all time by Bill Pullman before the final battle against the Aliens:

“Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. Mankind; that word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it’s fate that today is the 4th of July and you will once again be fighting for our freedom. Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution, but from annihilation. We’re fighting for our right to live, to exist. And should we win the day, the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice: ‘We will not go quietly into the night!’ ‘We will not vanish without a fight!’ ‘We’re going to live on!’ ‘We’re going to survive!’ Today we celebrate our Independence Day!”

Written By

Stuart Irvine (@stuartirvine91)

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