Monday, February 1, 2010

January 31, 2010

Independence Day (1996)
#43 on my Top 100 List
Roland Emmerich started out so promising! There is some great destruction going on in this movie, though you all know how much it pains me to see LA destroyed, even if it isn't real. It's also odd and a little difficult to see shots of the Twin Towers in Manhattan just before the alien spaceship takes out the city. Bill Pullman's President Whitmore is one of the great fictional presidents, even if he's not quite as good as The West Wing's President Bartlett or Battlestar Galactica's President Roslin (who, coincidentally, here plays the First Lady). This also somehow doesn't come across as an unrealistic alien story. Seeing mankind banding together across the globe to take out the alien threat is moving, especially after President Whitmore's motivational speech. Judd Hirsch and Harry Connick, Jr. are notable in supporting roles and Jeff Goldblum gives a great homage to his Jurassic Park character by recycling one of Ian Malcolm's one-liners. And every time I see Adam Baldwin with a gun, I can't help but wonder if he calls it Vera.
My Netflix rating: 5 stars

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