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.
|Release Date||:||June 25, 1996|
|Genres||:||Action, Adventure, Science Fiction|
|Production Company||:||Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Centropolis Entertainment|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Roland Emmerich, Susan Bierbaum, Annie Welles, Marvel Wakefield|
|Writers||:||Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich|
|Casts||:||Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, Robert Loggia, Randy Quaid, Margaret Colin, Vivica A. Fox, James Rebhorn, Harvey Fierstein, Adam Baldwin, James Duval, Lisa Jakub, Giuseppe Andrews, Harry Connick Jr., Mae Whitman, Kiersten Warren, John Storey, Frank Novak, Devon Gummersall, Leland Orser, Mirron E. Willis, Ross Lacy, David Pressman, Raphael Sbarge, Bobby Hosea, Dan Lauria, Steve Giannelli, Eric Paskel, Carlos Lacámara, John Bennett Perry, Troy Willis, Tim Kelleher, Wayne Wilderson, Jay Acovone, Jana Marie Hupp, Robert Pine, David Channell, John Capodice, Greg Collins, Derek Webster, Mark Fite, Levan Uchaneishvili, Kristof Konrad, Kevin Sifuentes, Elston Ridgle, Randy Oglesby, Jack Moore, Barry Del Sherman, Lyman Ward, Anthony Crivello, Richard Speight Jr., Joe Fowler, Sharon Tay, Peter J. Lucas, Yelena Danova, Johnny Kim, Vanessa J. Wells, Sayed Badreya, Adam Tomei, John Bradley, Kimberly Beck, Andrew Keegan, Jim Piddock, Pat Skipper, Erick Avari, Brent Spiner, James Wong|
|Plot Keywords||:||spacecraft, patriotism, countdown, independence, invasion, war, ufo, extraterrestrial, spaceship, alien, battle|
As a rule, I don't like high-concept movies. However, Independence Day is one of the few with some merits. It is also the best film to-date by German sci-fi/action director Roland Emmerich. The greatest flaw of Indepence Day (aka ID4 due to initial copyright problems with the Independence Day title) is the excessive jingoism. Completely America centric, it seems that the rest of human civilization is helpless without the Yanks. The American President is not just the only world leader fighting for a free world, he even moonlights as a fighter pilot attacking the aliens.
However, its still a damn entertaining film. There is a large ensemble cast of good actors, some in career best roles. Will Smith was really launched as a movie star by this film and he has some very funny lines. Jeff Goldblum actually looks nerdy-cool as a scientist who likes to play chess in the park. And Bill Pullman is the clean-cut American President who proclaims that July 4 will no longer be an American holiday, but a world holiday! The rest of the ensemble cast includes small but meaty roles for Judd Hirsch, Randy Quaid and Vivica Fox. Harry Connick Jr. has a small part but blows it completely.
The things that make ID4 watching is that something is always going on. There are plenty of one-liners and the one-dimensional character all have their peculiar personality traits and quirks. The action scenes are impressive and in fact this film has the largest number of miniatures ever built. That record will probably never be broken because digital technology is limiting the use of miniatures. If you can let your hair loose and just want to enjoy a light movie without letting the America is Great propaganda get to you, ID4 is for you.