Gung-ho pyrotechnics. Is there something in the human psyche that enjoys, or at least gets something from, seeing the destruction of buildings (here in the UK a steeplejack became famous from TV coverage of his blowing up factory chimneys). Maybe it’s a form of mute retribution when the targets are political, although this film’s similarities with events five years later remains chilling. As film, it is what it is.
"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.
i loved the build-up to the first attacks! i was a little let down after that, though -- i really thought the film would be about the struggle of the entire world, not just some hot-blooded american men. still, i am a sucker for the humanity-uniting-against-a-greater-evil concept because it makes me feel warm inside. despite the disappointment, i enjoyed myself.
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.
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.