Independence Day (1996)

Rating: ***
Producer: Dean Devlin
Director: Roland Emmerich
Cast: Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch, Vivica Fox, Brent Spiner

The most expensive B-movie ever made. Some nasty alien spaceships come to Earth and destroy the major cities and communication centers of the world. American president Bill Pullman manages to get away with the aid of Judd Hirsch and Jeff Goldblum, and organizes a counter attack in full 1950's pulp fashion. Everything about this movie is excessive - the characters are goofy and over-the-top, the effects are good but too extreme, and the dialog is overly melodramatic. A fun filled adventure, but pretty shallow and empty.