Independence Day

Name: Independence Day
Year: 1996
Rating: PG-13
Running Time (minutes): 145
Description: On July 2nd, communications systems worldwide are sent into chaos by a strange atmospheric interference. It is soon learned by the military that a number of enormous objects are on a collision course with Earth. At first thought to be meteors, they are later revealed to be gigantic spacecraft, piloted by a mysterious alien species. After attempts to communicate with the aliens go nowhere, David Levinson, an ex-scientist turned cable technician, discovers that the aliens are going to attack major points around the globe in less than a day. On July 3rd, the aliens all but obliterate New York, Los Angeles, and Washington. The survivors set out in convoys towards Area 51, a strange government testing ground where it is rumored the military has a captured alien spacecraft of their own. The survivors devise a plan to fight back against the enslaving aliens, and July 4th becomes the day humanity will fight for its freedom. July 4th is their Independence Day…
Stars: Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum
Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

I didn’t want to watch this film at first because of the simplistic plot and all, but my brother kept telling me I should give it a try and today seemed the perfect opportunity. It’s actually not bad at all given the uncomplicated story. I liked how they managed to make me care about nearly all
the characters. At the beginning, it was rather difficult to keep track of who was who and I definitely missed the fact that the First Lady was not on the airplane with the President, but other than that, I rather enjoyed it. This was also the first time the American audio-describer was so enthusiastic.

The score was even better. It’s so refreshing to hear a purely orchestral score that will remind me of this film forever, that will probably work perfectly as a stand-alone listening experience and that does more than aimlessly accompanying the film. Very interesting underscore and main themes, and I especially liked the music during the President’s speech. Very nice sound mix too. Happy independence day, everyone!

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