Independence Day (1996) – Encore Review 2


“If you’re so smart, tell me something, how come you go to M.I.T. for 8 years to become a cable repairman? ” – Julius Levinson

Number of Times Seen – at least 10 times (Theater in 1996, video, DVD, 23 Oct 2001, 10 Feb 2014, 1 Aug 2016 and 2 Jul 2020)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – After a group of alien ships enter Earth’s atmosphere, the citizens of the world must try and figure out if these aliens come in peace or plan to make war.

My Take on it – This is a superbly made action/adventure/thriller/disaster movie of the 90’s that still is effective and fun to watch after almost 25 years.

Its end of the world scenario works quite well and makes things so enjoyable to watch unfold.

The characters are all developed really well and we can easily care about what will happen to them along the way.

The film does a nice job of taking characters from different backgrounds and different geographical locations and bring them together over the course of the story.

The script is written really well and manages to stay fascinating from start to finish as the action remains steady and doesn’t stop anywhere along the way.

The cast is excellent and Jeff Goldblum, Will Smith and Bill Pullman all are able to create iconic characters through their performances.

The film has a very blatant patriotic feel for it and that’s the best reason to watch this for (the real) Independence Day.

This film’s story isn’t one that should necessarily be taken 100% seriously, yet it still remain thrilling and exciting from start to finish.

The music by David Arnold adds to the patriotic feel of things and allows for the epic nature of this story to ring true throughout.

The film has some amazing special effects that help make this story seem even more plausible and realistic despite a few shots that might need a bit of a tweak based on the way effects have evolved over the past 2 and a half decades.

The film is a pure adrenaline flick that has over two hours of non-stop action that works so well throughout.

Bottom Line – Amazing action/adventure/sci-fi film that works so well due to its end of the world scenario and its fun and engaging characters. The script is really fun to watch unfold and they do a nice job of bringing together various characters form different parts along the way. The cast is superb and Goldblum, Smith and Pullman all create some iconic characters with their performances. The story isn’t one that should be taken 100% seriously, yet they find a way to keep this story really thrilling and exciting the whole way through. The music by David Arnold is quite iconic and helps add an epic feel to the story. The special effects are amazing to look at and help make this film look even more realistic and plausible throughout.  The action is non-stop and the story really keeps the adrenaline pumping throughout. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Holds the record for most miniature model work to appear in one film. Model shop supervisor Michael Joyce estimated that more miniatures were used for this film than in any other two films combined. Due to the advances in digital technology since this film’s release, most experts believe this record may stand forever. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)

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