Independence Day on the movie screen

It’s no secret that our relationship to July 4th is something special, to say at least. That day represents everything our nation stands up for; freedom, prosperity, and equality to all our residents.
independence dayAlthough we got used to celebrating it with fireworks and some outdoor activity (barbecue is my favorite!), I decided to step it up a little bit this year. And what’s the best way of celebrating our glorious Independence Day? With the movie, of course! So, here are the reviews for the two most famous films on Independence Day.

Independence Day (1996)

In searching the answers to his question on the existence of extraterrestrial life, Roland Emmerich, the director and co-writer of the movie decided to shoot a video. The plot is focused on several groups of people, who are facing the culmination of the series of alien attacks that hit the US. The film is considered the turning point in Hollywood blockbuster history, as it employed spectacular visual and special effects (including the famous White House destruction scene). The ruins scenes would become a commonplace in any science-fiction movie from Independence Day onward.

The film is built on diverse elements which are combined in a mishmash of American patriotism and science fiction. As it seems, Emmerich deliberately employed some of them, either to get the effect he wanted or to create the overwhelming impression. But, we cannot overlook the cliches like the President’s speech on declaring the Independence Day. On the other side, characters development seem to lack depth and dimensionality, which is something that raised critics all over the world.

Overall, it’s still one of the most popular movies on the Independence Day, so if you don’t mind flat, cheesy monologues and predictable actions, take a shoot with it.

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

The sequel to the 1996 movie takes off with some old plot elements. However, the quality of the plot is still weak, and the characters are just slightly improved since the first movie. In the sequel, Emmerich employed a younger cast to set off the plot, and it turned out like a smart move. But, in reality, there’s an evident lack of emotional depth of the characters. The relationships they build with each other are superficial, and based on a stereotyped bias between “good space guys” and “bad space guys.”

Check out the trailer below:

However, the stunning visual and special effects took from the legacy of the original movie. As a true Sci-Fi movie, Independence Day: Resurgence will exceed your expectations. Other than that, it’s an ordinary world-rescue movie.