"ID4" feels like a film that was specifically designed for people who only get out to the theater once a year, as elements of just about every genre - action, drama, comedy, and romance - are all competently and efficiently deployed by Roland Emmerich, who is operating at the peak of his powers. This most popcorn of popcorn films and its alien-conquering humanist fantasy still manage to entertain twenty years later.
Popular popcorn flick holds up very well 20 years later despite its dated effects. The film's humanity and relationships hold the film together and keep it from just being another disaster picture. Performances are well cast especially Goldblum, Collin, Pullman and Fox. I remember lining up for the first midnight screening of this after months of trailers and was surprised today at its enduring entertainment value.
End of the world extravaganza has aged beautifully, but Emmerich's visual sensibility is bland & dreary. It strives for Spielbergian grandeur, but there's nothing to rival the wonder & amazement of Close Encounters, nor the shock & spectacle of War of the Worlds. Worse, the jingoistic subtext + mining of working class archetypes seems cynical, while the mass destruction as light entertainment is crass & unpleasant.
Sigo sin entender porque chingados tuvo tanto exito la presente mamada (un himno a la defensa de los mas rancios valores estadounidenses) predecible, poco original y mortalmente aburrida, a pesar de los vistosos (en ese ya lejano entonces) efectos especiales. Afortunadamente, Tim Burton brindaria poco despues, una inteligente respuesta a esta pendejada con Mars Attacks!
Hollywood entertainment at it's pappiest and most ridiculous. (Would that all alien invasions could be solved with a night's worth of hacking that happens off-camera). But hey, it's got economic storytelling and engaging performances, which makes it one up on practically every blockbuster of last summer and presumably this summer too.
This is another great blockbuster from 90s when Hollywood Blockbusters were good. The ensemble cast is amazing in the form of Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and many others. This film really didn't need a sequel especially since it doesn't even have Will Smith, maybe Goldblum can save it.
Jeff Goldblum + Will Smith + Bill Pullman = Most Endearing Film Trio EVER.
Too bad they couldn't squeeze Owen Wilson in there...oh, and somehow, even the blatant Alien-plagiarizing is endearing!
It is a dream of mine someday to discover an untamed crevasse with a dusty VHS inside. Upon picking up and cleaning off the '90s artifact, its title will read: INDEPENDENCE DAY.
And much pizza will be had that day.