When people think of "summer blockbusters," Independence Day or ID4 is usually seen as the quintessential example. It's pretty easy to find through CableTelevision.net and most major TV networks that carry movies usually play it...on Independence Day. It's a genuinely entertaining jaunt with some really remarkable action scenes and a few iconic moments, but there are some flaws.
Normally, most people don't look for the logical inconsistencies with a movie like ID4, but since it's science fiction, there's only so much suspension of disbelief. While we love the movie, there are some things that just can't be ignored and we'll talk about a few of them.
"Checkmate" and other chess metaphors are used to illustrate the strategic mobilization and deployment of alien forces in the movie. The problem with the film happens early on when an entire armada of alien ships appear out of nowhere. Even with comparably inferior tech, it would be hard for Earth communication networks NOT to see something so massive approaching.
Jeff Goldblum plays a computer geek who manages to find a way to thwart the advanced alien shielding surrounding their ships...by uploading a man-made computer virus. The problem is that computer virus are not like real viruses - you can't just make one and expose an incompatible piece of alien tech to it and have it work. What? Were the aliens using Windows as an operating system?
Since "Independence Day" wowed audiences in 1996, fans have been hoping for a sequel that would bring the cast together for another desperate battle against a seemingly undefeatable alien enemy. Fans cheered when the long awaited sequel finally got the green light from studio bosses, but the clapping turned to boos when it was revealed that Will Smith would not reprise his starring role as Captain Steven Hiller.
According to Roland Emmerich, the director of both the original movie and the sequel, Will Smith is now too big for the role. This is ironic as it was playing Hiller that catapulted Smith to international stardom. Emmerich says that he wants the project to stand on its own feet and not be considered just another Will Smith movie. However, producers are likely to want the actors star power to improve the box office odds for a film that will feature Emmerich's famous budget stretching special effects.
Smith may also be growing more open to a relatively safe outing as Hiller. His latest movie, "Beyond Earth" is bombing hard in theaters and audiences seem to be growing tired of films where the actor shares top billing with his son Jaden.
Ultimately Smith's appearance in "Independence Day 2" will come down to money. The first film generated over 300 million worldwide, and that's enough to make sure that its star suits up for the sequel.
Even though it's been seventeen years since we've seen Will Smith and our country's fearless leader Bill Pullman team up to fight off an alien attack, the plans for the sequel to Roland Emmerich's sequel to his 1996 blockbuster hit Independence Day are still in the works. It is believed to be cut into two parts and is currently in the process of rewrites.
The plot details are sketchy, but Emmerich has given some hints: The aliens come back. Whether that means they come back in 1997 or 2027, is unclear. Apparently, according to Emmerich, time is relative and the aliens experience it differently that humans do. What that exactly means for the fate of Will Smith and Company remains to be seen.
From what everyone has been told, the sequel (or sequels) line up very well with the plot of the first film, as opposed to an all new world with new alien problems. This is welcomed news for fans of the original sci-fi adventure.
Further details of casting, production schedules and release dates are unknown.
We do know one thing for sure, as long as Jeff Goldblum reprises his role as David Levinson, the world will be okay.
One of the most beloved scenes in the classic film Independence Day comes when the President and his team of scientists get to examine the aliens up close for the first time. Set in the famous Area 51, this sequence features an important cameo by Brent Spiner, best known as the actor who played Data on Star Trek.
When the alien comes to life it is truly terrifying. Independence Day came out in 1996, which means that computer effects were used sparingly and practical effects, such as puppetry, were utilized to make the alien move and attack. The set is also liberally doused with smoke from dry ice to give it a mysterious and otherworldly feeling.
Area 51 is an important place in the mythic history of UFOs in America. It has been a consistent source of UFO sightings since the 1950s, and has become permanently enshrined in popular culture over the last fifty years. The producers of Independence Day chose to set this scene in Area 51 for the same reason they chose to cast Brent Spiner as the government scientist. The stories of clandestine government experiments and fearsome forbidden technologies were too good to not include in the scene. The alien is all the more terrifying because of what the audience has heard about Area 51.
Will Smith defended the earth in the 1990s movie Independence Day, and has been saving earth in movies ever since.
Can these aliens in a post 9/11 society ever get their comeuppance if this movie was to premiere in 2012?
Americans are more cautious now, and as a world we are more connected through the internet, and technology has improved tremendously since the film's 1996 debut. Today, children are even scanned at the airport. Movies have become reality. Audiences are more aware of their environment, and of dangers of any alien or suspicious attack.
We have proven that we as citizens will stand up against wrongdoers - even aliens. Will Smith, who played a normal human character, would be overshadowed if his film debuted this week as citizens would pick up arms and fight alongside him. Even the famous scene where Smith flies his jet after the alien aircraft would never exist now that less men fight in the air and now use remote control aircraft.
Where is the cinema in that? We are stronger, more aware, have better technology than before and we will be able to possibly keep an alien invasion from happening the way it did in Independence Day. Maybe this is why there has not been talks of a Independence Day reboot or a part 2.
It would take a lot more than just one punch of the fist to take out a nine foot alien, Mr. Smith, before 2012 audiences believe that's all it takes to save the world. The 1950s alien invasion no longer cuts it in our world. In order to defeat aliens in the 21st century, it will take a lot more CG, tougher aliens, and a whole lot more intelligent moves from the characters. We lived this long without aliens invading our world for a reason, movies need to show this reality.
Independence Day is an alien invasion science fiction movie starring Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, and Bill Pullman. This movie is a total roller coaster ride, blending elements of many different genres into one action packed blockbuster film!
Will Smith is endearing and heroic as Captain Steven Hiller, a Marine pilot determined to help save the planet when the aliens invade. As is Will Smith's acting style, he brings elements of humor to his character, and provides much of the comic relief in this film.
Bill Pullman delivers a fantastic performance as the fictional US President, Thomas J. Whitmore. He brings an authority and presence to the role that commands your attention every time he is on the screen.
Jeff Goldblum shows off his wry sense of humor as David Levinson, the scientist who figures out the aliens' plan to eradicate several major cities on July 3rd. Together, these three men rise to the challenge of saving humanity and planet Earth from the full scale destruction from the malevolent aliens.
When experienced on a large screen, this film is quite exciting. Independence Day is holding up well over the years, and is still just as effective as it was upon it's initial release.
Rumors have been circulating the entertainment industry about a possible resurgence of the well loved, 1996 alien action film Independence Day. Starring Will Smith and Bill Pullman, the box office hit grossed more than 817.4 million worldwide making it ripe for a sequel. In 1996 Independence Day dominated the summer box office with its story of a relentless alien invasion of planet Earth which unites a team of scientists, military men and citizens to band together and conquer the invading beings. It subsequently won two Oscars and helped boost the career of Will Smith to A-list status.
Recently Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, writer and director of the original film respectively, came together to discuss concepts for an Independence Day sequel and expressed that there are some potentially strong ideas which could lead to the development of a sequel.
One of the greatest hurdles for the team has been creating an idea that felt right as a sequel. Devlin, specifically did not want to pursue a sequel until an idea could be developed that would not disappoint the fan base of the film. It was not until Emmerich contacted Devlin in 2010, that Devlin agreed to seriously start the discussion on a sequel to the box office hit. As of Summer 2012, it is very possible that we will see an Independence Day sequel in the near future.
Ever since I saw the movie Independence Day, I often have imagined those huge alien spacecraft, slowly hovering, moving into position. Waiting for their countdown to complete. Opening up their weapon bays, bathing the target building with a green glow. Powering up with a high pitched sound and releasing the massive energy beams, causing huge firey explosions and pandemonium.
In these imaginings, I'm the hero of course. I'm always the one who gets to chase the aliens in a jet fighter. Being the sole survivor from my my squadron, I take one of the alien ships down. I go down with it, crashing my plane and ejecting. I'm the hero. I walk over to the alien fighter craft and open the hatch. Delivering the immortal movie catch phrase "Welcome to Earf!" as I knock the screeching tentacled alien out with a single knockout punch in the face. Then I light up that big old victory cigar for America and drag that big old alien to Area 51 with a caravan of RVs .
What fun! I'll be prepared when the events from Independence Day transpire. I'll figure out that secret code Jeff Goldblum style. Plus I can't wait to say "Welcome to Earf!"
It has been 16 years since Will Smith came onto the screen as a Captain Steven Hiller in Independence Day, but he is allegedly ready to reprise the role. Rumors of an Independence Day sequel sparked almost two years ago. The rumor was confirmed in July and the assembly of a cast has been ongoing since that point.
There have long been rumors that Will Smith is on board with the project; which would actually be a two part event culminating a trilogy of movies. Sure, Independence day was a film that really excited the masses, but Dean Devlin; the man behind the film, has also been notorious for taking part in flagrant, sci-fi flops. His desire to create sequels to this blockbuster hit could go either way and studios and production teams aren't revealing much to the masses.
In short those not in the loop know nothing of the film; including whether or not it will actually get created, who the cast will be, and whether or not the story will pick up immediately following the events of the original movie or fast forward the nearly 2 decades it has been since the original was released.
Time will only tell how this idea will pan out, but surely, if Smith jumps on board and the original cast considers coming backi we are in for a potential treat.