Release Date
July 3, 1996
Director
Roland Emmerich
Screenplay
Dean Devlin
Roland Emmerich
Distributed By
20th Century Fox
Budget
$75 million
Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
Rated PG-13 for sci-fi destruction and violence
145 minutes

Independence Day
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Still visually impressive, even by today’s standards, “Independence Day” is and always has been one of my all time favorite science fiction films. At the height of the earth ending trend in film making, Roland Emmerich led the charge and never stopped, with the forethought to use practical effects with events like blowing up the White House that keeps these iconic images fresh and believable after every viewing. Emmerich also discovered an interesting way to tell an alien story without having to depend on CGI and “invasion” sequences, also allowing for a wide view, covering several different stories. Instead, we’re delivered these eerie mega-saucers in the sky, hovering and waiting, mysterious and somehow dangerous from the very beginning.

Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum deliver unforgettable performances and help give keep this film the success that is, with comedic timing, brawn and brains, and eventually, the perfect odd couple chemistry. Both in the prime of their careers, “Independence Day” marks a highlight in their filmography that will never be topped or forgotten. With some of the best writing in a science fiction film as well, Bill Pullman is helped to deliver one of the best movie speeches of all time. Realistic as far as alien invasion films go and of high caliber from beginning to end, there is no stopping this film and thanks to the holiday tie-in, it will be watched by me and I’m sure millions of others for many July 4th’s ahead.

 

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