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Movie Information
TitleIndependence Day
DirectorRoland Emmerich
Year1996
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GenreScience Fiction
 
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Submitted by Pete 
(Jul 12, 2006)

Not a great movie but it does what it says on the tin and entertains. The special effects are the making of this film and without them it would be rather insipid. Many people seem to have missed the joke in the plot, that the story is lifted from H. G. Well’s War of the Worlds, with his theme that the aliens have no natural resistance to Earth’s native viruses and so before they can kill everyone, they all die.
The director and writers of Independence Day updated this theme giving it a twist by changing it from organic viruses to computer viruses with a similar last minute reprieve when all seems lost.
Of course, using computer viruses assumes that the aliens based their computer design around von Neumann architecture. Something that is rather unlikely. Not even different humans come up with identical standards; it would be even more improbable than every manufacturer in the world coming up with exactly the same designs for a particular gadget spontaneously. VHS and Betamax were developed for the same purpose, home video, and these were completely incompatible.
But beside all that, it is a lot of fun and Will Smith capturing an alien is well worth watching.


Submitted by Anonymous 
(Sep 03, 2000)

Cheesy mindless rubbish. The aim of any good sci-fi film is to provoke your mind and please the eye. This has great visual effects, but there's little else. Avoid, you'll be better for it


Submitted by Anonymous 
(Feb 07, 2000)

Mindless entertainment, no more no less. You know what you get, and to cut a short story short you get it. This is Hollywood at its best, or worst depending on how you see it. You'll get loads of action scenes, all of course with a very predictable ending. The hero (Will Smith) gets to be the hero, the bad guys loose, and they all lived happily ever after :-) Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the movie, but don't expect it to set your mind wandering. I'm actually quite surprised that such a movie can get to the Oscars.


 

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