Mars Review’s a Rewind – Independence Day (1996)

Movie Info: A group of intrepid humans attempts to save the Earth from vicious extraterrestrials.  The story begins with the approach of a series of massive spaceships, which many on Earth greet with open arms, looking forward to the first contact with alien life. Unfortunately, these extraterrestrials have not come in peace, and they unleash powerful weapons that destroy most of the world’s major cities. Thrown into chaos, the survivors struggle to band together and put up a last-ditch resistance in order to save the human race. This effort is led by a computer genius who had foreseen the alien’s evil intent (Jeff Goldblum), a jet pilot (Will Smith), and the President of the United States (Bill Pullman).

Mars Review: Independence Day is one of my prime guilty pleasures to watch. The picture is ultimately fun, thanks mostly to the colorful characters and the mock-heroic spirit that kicks in full-throttle after the world has almost been destroyed. A science fiction movie the way it should be: rousing, cosmically xenophobic and ferociously patriotic… Take that, space bullies!

Stars: 3 out of 5