I had been looking forward to this movie for a long time. Today, I sat
through a region-wide power outage, braved huge crowds, long lines, and
90 minutes of standing around to get in to see Independence Day.
Was it worth it? You're damned right it was.
|Stars:||Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum|
This has got to be one of
the most awe-inspiring movies of all time. The special effects are
nothing short of spectacular. The acting is fantastic, especially Will
Smith's. The story is straightforward and gripping. However, there are
a few minor problems. No movie is perfect, right?
First of all, one of
my biggest movie complaints can be found here. That's right, they're all
using freakin' Macintosh computers. Here a Mac, there a Mac, everywhere a
Mac Mac. Oh, how that irritates me. Okay. Flaw number two: (and I'll
try not to reveal too much of the plot here) How did Jeff Goldblum
connect his Mac to the alien's computers? (Maybe they were using Mac's,
The third and final flaw can be found in some cheesy, overused
cliches that are scattered about this film. Other than that, I really
couldn't find anything wrong with this picture. Sure, it borrowed some
elements from other sci-fi movies including War of the Worlds,
V, and Stargate, but I see no reason to complain about
that. I liked how, unlike V, the aliens are completely hostile
and foreign: they don't seem to have any weaknesses in their technology.
That's gotta suck.
You may think I'm complaining more than raving.
Well, you're wrong. Rave rave rave rave. This is a great movie.
Additionally, it is one of the few films that can live up to its hype.
I mean, just look at what these monsterous ships (each 15 miles long,
coming from a 342-mile long mothership) do to these cities. We're not
talking little puny explosions, here. We're talking massive
destruction. I think more people die in this movie than any other.
Millions. Fortunately, the ones that die aren't our heroes. That would
make the movie annoying, wouldn't it?
Okay, so to conclude,
Independence Day is deserving of the hundreds of millions of
box-office dollars it's likely to gross. It's got everything: cool
heroes, great effects, binding story, humor, and massive destruction.
Appendum: I rarely see movies before anyone else
so this time I had an opportunity to see what the critics said after I
saw the movie. Basic conclusion: The critics are morons. Take, for
instance, Roger Ebert. After I read his review of Independence
Day, I was left with a feeling of "Did you even watch the
movie?" So therefore, here I have the negative points he made, followed
by my explanation of them.
Jeff Goldblum intercepts the alien signal, which is a
timer. Now why would aliens from the other side of the galaxy use our
system of hours, minutes, and seconds? The signal Jeff Goldblum
intercepted was a binary sequence, steadily degrading. Using the rate of
signal "recycling," he extrapolated the time the countdown would end, and
set up a timer accordingly. Any third grader with a $5 calculator can do
Why do the aliens always use "ray guns?" They
don't use "ray guns."
They fire green pulses of energy that clearly move slower than light. When
those huge ships fire their primary weapon, the laser is projected as a guide,
and does no damage until the big energy pulse is sent along it. Nope.
No "ray guns" in this movie.
Couldn't they have come up with something more original than "octopus
men?" First of all, they aren't "octopus men." They have more than
eight appendages and absolutely no suction cups. Second, name me another
movie that uses "octopus men."
You would think the aliens would have anti-virus programs for their
computers. Why? Maybe they don't have evil hackers on the other side of
the galaxy. These are aliens, remember? They might not have ever
encountered a computer virus before. Think about it.
Jeff Goldblum had too easy a time connecting his computer to the
alien's systems. True, I had this complaint before. But, in
retrospect, They were studying that downed alien ship since 1948. They
probably found a way to access its computers. It makes sense.
If these big ships are so powerful, why send the
little fighters out after the Air Force? You can kill a lot of
roaches using a Bug Bomb, but sometimes you have to go in there and spray
the remaining ones. Here's another anology. The Rebel attack force is
making a run on the Death Star. Now, this Death Star is a big-ass thing
that can destroy an entire planet! It could really "whoop E.T.'s ass."
But what does Darth Vader do? He sends out the Imperial fighter
squadron to combat the Rebels. Sometimes, you just have to "fight them
The little alien fighters were a dissapointment,
just these little ugly grey jobs. Okay, Dr. Ebert, prominent
physicist and ufologist. What should the little alien fighters
There was also an ABC movie critic who had the following complaint:
How did Jeff Goldblum get to the White House if the streets are so
crowded? People were leaving the city, not entering it. Outbound
traffic was backed up. Pay attention. Judd Hirsch explained it.
So, to conclude, I don't know why these critics are complaining. I don't
see why anyone would have any kind of bias against this film. If you're
going to complain about Independence Day, make sure your arguments
are substantive and logical. I'll give you an example. When the stealth
bombers are making a run at the alien ships, our heros are following the
action on ground-based radar. Stealth bombers elude radar, right? Hmmm.