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Best Event Movies

  • Independence Day

    Independence Day (PG-13, 1996)

    Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch
    A group of intrepid humans attempts to save the Earth from vicious extraterrestrials in this extreme... read morely popular science-fiction adventure. Borrowing liberally from War of the Worlds, Aliens, and every sci-fi invasion film inbetween, director Roland Emmerich and producer and co-writer Dean Devlin present a visually slick, fast-paced adventure filled with expensive special effects and large-scale action sequences. 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. As this is a Hollywood film, this effort is led by a group of scrappy Americans, including a computer genius who had foreseen the alien's evil intent (Jeff Goldblum), a hot-shot jet pilot (Will Smith), and the President of the United States (Bill Pullman). While some critics objected to the film's lack of originality and lapses in logic, the combination of grand visual spectacle and crowd-pleasing storytelling proved irresistible to audiences, resulting in an international smash hit. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi
    • fb653277564
      fb653277564: superior films that have fallen into obscurity since, Independence Day holds up in memory as a real event film. A solid ensemble having a lot of fun, and devoid of any irony or cynicism; ID4 has a ref
      Reviewed 12 months days ago
    • fb25803698
      fb25803698: ing; opened 4th of July Weekend, billboards and countdowns everywhere made it feel like this was an event. They also figured out a way to get teenage girls to see an alien shoot em up blow it up movi
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • capricornelm
      capricornelm: tion of sympathetic characters and really solid effects work makes the film really one of the best "event" pictures of the last few years..."Independence Day" revolves around a band of nasty alien cre
      Reviewed 6 years days ago