Independence Day

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Year of Release: 1996

Genre: Science Fiction

Related to/Remake of: Independence Day: Resurgence (sequel)

Directed By: Roland Emmerich

Music By: David Arnold

Starring: Will Smith (as Steven Hiller), Jeff Goldblum (as David Levinson), Bill Pullman (as President Thomas J. Whitmore), Margaret Colin (as Constance Spano), Vivica A. Fox (as Jasmine Dubrow), Randy Quaid (as Russell Case), Mary McDonnell (as Marilyn Whitmore), Judd Hirsch (as Julius Levinson), James Rebhorn (as Albert Nimzicki), Robert Loggia (as William Grey), Adam Baldwin (as Major Mitchell), Harvey Fierstein (as Marty Gilbert), Brent Spiner (as Dr. Brackish Okun), and Harry Connick, Jr. (as Jim Wilder)

Basic Plot: After several large objects show up on Earth’s satellite systems, it’s determined that mankind is being visited by beings from another world.  Although initially unsure of whether or not they are friendly, it quickly becomes apparent that these creatures have sinister motives, and it’s time to rally together to defend ourselves against the alien threat.

Rating (Out of 4): 2

Pros: Some good dialogue, and entertaining action scenes.  This is the movie that firmly put Will Smith on the map as a leading man in motion pictures, and for good reason.  Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman do solid work as an eccentric satellite expert and the President of the United States, respectively.

Cons: Full of eye-rollingly corny, melodramatic scenes and dialogue.  Contains all of the staples of the Roland Emmerich/Michael Bay School of Action Movie Making.