Now here’s a sci-fi disaster movie that I remember was a real blockbuster from the summer of 1996. It’s called Independence Day. A race of invading aliens from outer space visit Earth in a monster sized spaceship. Could be friendly, could be dangerous.
Soon the mother ship has other ships spread out in the skies all over the planet. Once they enter the atmosphere, no one knows what to expect. The President (Bull Pullman) suggests that for everyone’s safety they should stay calm and stay indoors. The only person who notices something is not right is scientist David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) when he discovers that the aliens are using the Earth satellite systems against them. So he heads to the White House to warn the President.
Although there are people who want to welcome the aliens, they soon reveal themselves to be hostile. Then it becomes exciting as the people try to get all of their stuff together and escape as the aliens blow up the different cities, including Washington D.C.. The blasts even send cars flying like they were toy cars. It was bad enough to have major panics and traffic jams before the aliens did anything.
The next day, all of the major cities are left in ruins and many civilians have perished. So the Marine Corp, which includes Captain Steven Hiller (Will Smith), decides to fight back. Unfortunately, that doesn’t go well because the aliens have a force field. And if that weren’t bad enough, more little ships, which also have shields, attack the jets.
The only survivor is Captain Hiller and he manages to bring one of the little ships down. By this point, we finally get to see what one of the aliens look like. Hiller is hilarious when he gripes while dragging the alien around in his parachute.
Meanwhile, Hiller’s fiancée Jasmine (Vivica A. Fox) gathers up some survivors around the destroyed city, which includes the First Lady, who is severely injured.
The President and his group head to a secret underground base called Area 51, where a group of scientists kept a spaceship from many years ago, to find some answers. Hiller brings his captured alien to Area 51, where they experiment on it, and the aliens’ motives become clear. They only seek conquest on every planet they find.
This was a real exciting movie. I must admit that those aliens are unlike any other types of alien monsters I’ve seen in other films, even the dangerous kinds like on Species or Alien.