icon Film Profile: Independence Day - (1996)
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6.6/10 Stars
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3.5/10 Stars
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"Earth. Take a good look. It might be your last."


  • Director: Roland Emmerich
  • Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy,
  • Studio: Centropolis Entertainment
  • Subtitled | Widescreen | Duration: 165 Mins

No film had presented the destruction of the Earth on such an epic scale before this preposterously successful smash-hit sci-fi adventure came along. Of course, when we say Earth we really mean the USA - the rest of the world barely gets a look in. The story is simple: gigantic alien spacecraft hover above major cities and set about destroying everything below. Those plucky Yanks, however, won't go down without a fight. There are subplots focusing on the fate of ordinary folk, but most of the effort goes on the mind-boggling set pieces. Such scenes of digital mayhem are now commonplace, but this provided the template, and the levelling of Washington here is still impressive. Will Smith's charismatic performance as a wisecracking fighter pilot helped make him one of the biggest box-office draws in the western world, while Jeff Goldblum delivers a variation on his boffin role in Jurassic Park. Bill Pullman, meanwhile, manfully keeps a straight face as the beleaguered American President. Of the females, Vivica A Fox fares the best, although the likes of Mary McDonnell and Margaret Colin are largely wasted in supporting roles. But this is, after all, a special effects, not an acting, showcase, and a very entertaining one at that.
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Cast List:
Captain Steve Hiller : Will Smith
President Thomas J Whitmore : Bill Pullman
David Levinson : Jeff Goldblum
Marilyn Whitmore : Mary McDonnell
Julius Levinson : Judd Hirsch
General William Grey : Robert Loggia
Russell Casse : Randy Quaid
Constance Spano : Margaret Colin
Albert Nimziki : James Rebhorn
Marty Gilbert : Harvey Fierstein
Major Mitchell : Adam Baldwin
Dr Brakish Okun : Brent Spiner
Miguel : James Duval
Jasmine Dubrow : Vivica A Fox

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