Independence Day Movie Review

Independence Day DVD picture

Independence Day was released on July 2nd, 1996, and was dubbed a science fiction disaster film. After enjoying this movie, I think it had a little of everything, along with the science fiction disaster, there was also action, adventure, comedy, and romance.

 Will Smith as Captain Steven Hiller and Bill Pullman as President Whitmore make a great combination as two of the main characters Highlighting an all-star cast of characters for this movie.

An Alien mother ship sends out spacecraft over Earth’s major cities. Jeff Goldblum plays David Levinson a computer expert. David figures out the alien’s transmissions to be a timer coordinating their attack on the world.

David makes his way to the White House, with his father played by Judd Hirsch. David’s ex-wife Margaret Colin as Constance Spano happens to be the White House Communications Director. She helps them get to the Oval Office to warn the President, but it’s too late, they need to get out of the White House and onto Air Force One, as the attack begins.

During the assault, and the counter-attack by the United States, Captain Hiller, a fighter pilot lures one of the alien fighters over the Grand Canyon causing it to crash. After the crash, he jumps up onto the alien ship opens the door and knocks him out, and begins to drag the alien across the desert. I just could not stop laughing, as the scene progressed.

Hiller and the alien are picked up by a convoy trying to escape the attacks, ending up in Area 51 where Air Force One has landed. All attacks on the alien mothership have failed to this point. This is when Levinson figures out how to bring down the mother ship.

Many of you have seen this movie but just in case you haven’t I’ll stop here as not to spoil the what, and how the plan is carried out.

This movie has it all, as it took me through many emotions throughout the film. Hilarious as I was laughing out loud, sad at times ready to cry, sitting on the edge of my seat adventure and action.

Near the end of the movie, President Whitmore’s (Bill Pullman) speech has been widely criticized for many reasons. I found the speech to be both patriotic and moving and thought it to be one of the best parts of the film.

 Independence Day: Resurgence was released in June of 2016, and is the sequel to Independence Day. So, why not watch them together for an Independence Day Celebration.


  1. I've never seen Independence Day, but it sounds like a funny movie, considering that Will Smith is in it. :) Fun review, Sam.

    1. Oh Pat it is a wonderful movie!! You'll find it on television on the 4th of July, as it is on every year. The new comes out in June. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. I remember watching this as a family - we loved it! Sci-fi is not a genre my husband would normally choose, but the underlying patriotism in this, as well as the exciting finale, really won him over. Your review makes me want to watch it again!

    1. I can't tell you how many time we've watched it Susan, Now I can't wait until the new comes out in June. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. It has been a really long time since I thought about this movie! As I recall, I liked it a lot. I need to pull it out of the ole archives and watch it again. Oh, wait! I bet it is on VHS :) Might just have to rent it! lol

    1. You just may want to see it again before the sequel comes out in June. Always around the 4th of July its somewhere on television, they may have it on TV before the new one. I still have a combination VHS/DVD player!! My wife refuses to get rid of it!! Thanks Cynthia and have a great week :)


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