Admit it, this movie is terrible. Yes, I know that many people like it and maybe you’re one of those who do but Independence Day isn’t that good of a movie. Ok sure, it’s entertaining and does have some great one-liners but as far as the actual movie is concern, take away the action and Independence Day is nothing but an overrated mess that takes many so conveniences which don’t make any sense.

Why Independence Day Made So Much Damn Money…

With a critic’s score of just 60% on Rotten Tomatoes and an audience score of 75%, Independence Day aka ID4 went onto make an unheard of $817.4 million at the box office back in July 1996. Even by today’s standard that’s still an amazing amount of money, especially when you consider that ID4 was shot for $75 million.

ID4 made a ton of money back in the day because it was seen as a fun, tug-at-your-heart-strings disaster movie about the entire world coming together to flight aliens. ID4 had too many American flag-waving moments for me, especially when assuming that all nations of Earth would actually come together to help America in her hour of need. This combination of gullibility and patriotism was honestly one of the more believable things about the film, especially when you consider how silly this movie really is.

Why Independence Day Isn’t That Great…

I remember seeing ID4 in cinemas all the way back in 1996. I was 13 years old at the time and have a clear memory of walking out of the multiplex completely disappointed. As all of you should know by now, I love science fiction movies as well as action movies and adventure stories. So put them together and you’d think I should have loved ID4, right? However, I can’t stand this movie and considered one of my least favourites of all time.

First of all, the idea that the many nations of Earth would get together and help America fight aliens is just lunacy when you consider how many nations straight up hate America. Like I said above, it’s not as insane when you consider that the aliens get defeated by the stupidest idea in movie history. That would be the ability for human beings to place a computer virus in an alien computer, which doesn’t have any similarities to Earth’s technology’s from 1996. I mean come on people! ID4 wasn’t perfect until the computer virus scene but that entire idea completely took me out this movie and ruined the experience for me. That is just one example of having to go far beyond the suspension of disbelief, which I can usually do but when I’m asked to accept something that doesn’t make sense in a movie, I just simply can’t.

Secondly and in my opinion, the best character in the movie was Dr. Brackish Okun played by Brent Spiner. His character was only in the movie for 10 minutes but he’s one of the best parts of the entire movie. Considering the amount of characters that got more screen time, I was hoping to get more from the good doctor. I also think the scene that I pictured in this article is the best in the entire movie.

While ID4 has its moments, such as the scenes with Dr. Okun, there’s also President Whitmore’s monologue about Independence Day, Jeff Golblum doing his best Jeff Goldblum impression, Randy Quaid’s insane pilot character and Will Smith’s star-in-the-making performance, other than those parts, ID4 really isn’t all that good.

In fact, I fell that ID4 is an OVERRATED, SILLY, POORLY WRITTEN, FLAG-WAVING, OVER HYPED, mega-blockbuster that should’ve never become as popular as it did. It DOESN’T HOLD UP WELL and I personally know many people who loved ID4 as kids but who’ve changed their minds in recent years.

And to answer the pressing question, yes I’m looking forward to the sequel called Independence Day: Resurgence. Why? Two words, Maika Monroe. Need I say more?