Independence Day

by Jen on July 3, 2006

-Directed by: Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin

Starring:
-Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell

Happy Independence Day everyone! In honor of the holiday, I thought I’d offer my suggestion for a perfect movie to watch before you head out to watch the fireworks. Released in 1996, this is a movie that stars some Hollywood heavyweights and the perfect man to helm a summer blockbuster. Let’s face it, Will Smith is a man born to be a movie hero and he does it here to perfection.

The plot line is pretty simple. It’s another sweltering summer day that seems like any other. That is until the massive space ships show up. We find out fairly quickly that we’re not alone in the universe and our neighbors? Well let’s just say they’re pretty cranky. I can’t get into a whole lot of the plot, because you’d have the whole movie and that would just spoil the fun. This isn’t a movie with a complex story, and that’s what makes it fun.

Armed with amazing special effects, Emmerich allows his massively talented cast to react and work inside some fairly scary situations. The movie comes in with a PG-13 rating, but it’s because of the non-stop action that will keep you on the edge of your seat. There’s also a smattering of language and some drinking but nothing overwhelmingly bad. In fact, you see one character put down the booze to do the right thing which, while cheesy, I actually liked. This is a fun movie that’s perfect for the 4th of July holiday and in honor of it I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from the film.

Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. “Mankind.” That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it’s fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom… Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution… but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: “We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight!” We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!

-Bill Pullman

-Jenn Untch
Liberty, Missouri
indigojenn at earthlink dot net
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