Independence Day

Independence Day is here again, and that means people around the country are gathering to watch Will Smith save the world from an alien invasion. But what if you've forgotten how it goes, or can't even remember what year it's set in? Don’t worry – we're here to help!

The movie Independence Day is an iconic film. It’s got a classic plot that’s loved by people from all over the world. If you’re one of those people, and can’t remember the details, don’t worry! We’ve compiled a list of everything you need to know about Independence Day before you watch it on July 4th.

It's set in the year 2039, when President Thomas J Whitmore (Bill Pullman) gives a speech pleading humanity to unite and defeat an alien invasion. A young fighter pilot named Will Smith (Will Smith) is sent on a suicide mission by Whitmore, but he ends up saving humanity in the end.

Oh, also, Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum fall in love. Yeah, you heard that right. Gay aliens are a crucial part of Independence Day , so don’t forget to stick around for that.

The aliens are defeated when David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) utilises the power of his Apple PowerBook 520c to download the alien's computer virus into their mothership's core system, causing it to explode.

Just kidding. They just nuke it from orbit.

The film was nominated for two Academy Awards®, including Best Original Score and Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing - but lost both to The Lion King. Ouch!

It’s one of few films to be nominated for an Academy Award® for both visual effects and writing in the same year, a compelling feat which has led many to label it the ‘greatest film ever made’. Others have even gone so far as to describe it as a ‘masterpiece of our time’, ‘a touchstone of modern cinema’, and even ‘the greatest movie of all time’. Just don’t tell that to Citizen Kane.

It was also nominated for an MTV Movie Award for Best Musical Moment, a Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, three People’s Choice Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

It was voted ‘Best Movie of the Last 20 Years’ in a poll by ABC and People Magazine.

Actor Will Smith was also voted 'Most Attractive Man of the Decade' by VH1, 'Sexiest Man Alive' by People Magazine, 'Sexiest Man on Television' by TV Guide, and 'Sexiest Human Being Alive' by British Cosmopolitan magazine.

Smith's superb performance in the film has been described as 'one of the greatest performances ever captured on film'. One reviewer even went so far as to say that it "redefined the way we think about acting".

Well, you’re not going to watch it for the acting. Not really.

But if you’ve forgotten everything about Independence Day, here’s what you need to know: It’s a future-set film which takes place on July 4th, 2039, and stars Will Smith as Captain Steven Hiller. Smith flies a stolen fighter jet called ‘Independence Day Fighter', trying to stop an alien invasion by crashing it into their mothership. Fortunately, he saves the day with Will Smith-style brilliance and panache. The movie was directed by Roland Emmerich and written by Emmerich and Dean Devlin (who also did Stargate).

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