7 Incredible Moments from ‘Independence Day’ (1996)

The sequel to one of my all time favorite Sci-fi action flicks,  Independence Day: Resurgence  tells the story of the return of the aliens who brought massive destruction to Earth in the year 1996.  Having lost to the humans, the aliens are coming back for vengeance and are prepared for another epic battle.  Jeff Goldblum said it best in the trailer:  

“I spent twenty years trying to get us ready for this. We used their technology to strengthen our planet, but it won’t be enough.”

While Earth doesn’t quite know what they’re in for, at least they’ll be better prepared for the aliens arrival this time around.  The humans can only do so much with the resources they have as they will have to prevent yet another global extinction from ever happening.

I certainly cannot wait to see this film on opening night, but before I do I’d like to revisit some of the more iconic moments from the original  Independence Day  film.  Is your favorite scene on this list?  Read on to find out!

#1.  Taking Flight Just In Time

The scene that I’m referring to takes place around the 1:53 mark and ends around the 2:28 mark.  Here, we see everyone from the White House take flight in a large airplane while narrowly avoiding the destruction that lay behind them.  As the explosion looms ever closer, President Whitmore and his family are almost killed from the blast.  Thankfully they all make it out alive.

#2.  Avoiding The Blast In The Tunnel

Shortly after the aliens initial attack run, Jasmine Dubrow, her son Dylan and their dog named Boomer, attempt to make a quick escape from the blast headed their way. While trapped inside of the 2nd Street Tunnel located in Los Angeles, the three of them try to find a way to get to cover.  Luckily, Jasmine is able to kick her way into a closet door shielding her family from the blast.  However, the moment that stands out here is how narrowly their dog Boomer misses the blast from killing him.  It’s quite a scene even if some of the effects don’t necessarily hold up to today’s standards.

#3.  “Welcome To Earth!”

In one of the most quotable lines of dialogue from the film, Will Smith shines as one of the lead characters from the film.  Captain Steven Hiller of the Los Angeles Squadron was one of the few survivors in the recent skirmish against the aliens.  Hiller was able to subdue one of the alien aircraft that was following him, as it crash lands in the middle of a desert. Hiller makes certain that the alien isn’t met without an official greeting from one of Earth’s most bad-ass humans.  This scene also allows actor Will Smith to show off his acting chops while delivering another famous line from the film saying; “Now that’s what I call a close encounter.”

#4.  Alien Autopsy Scene

This scene felt like it was taken directly from a horror film.  Considered by most to be the scariest part of the film, the alien is scene killing many of the humans who are about to perform an autopsy on the alien.  However, this alien wasn’t actually dead and plans on sending a clear message to humanity.  We learned that Dr. Brakish Okun hadn’t been officially killed off as most were led to believe while watching this film.  He will be reprising his role in the sequel having awoken from some sort of coma.

#5.  President Whitmore’s Famous Speech

You knew this one had to be on the list.  In perhaps one of the most memorable movie speeches of all time, President Whitmore (Bill Pullman) gives his stance on his fight against these aliens.  I absolutely love how he begins the speech with a simple, “Good morning.”  This speech is all about nations coming together and fighting for their right to live.  The aliens have decimated most of our cities and it’s up to the entire world to unite as one nation to take down this alien threat and to further prevent human extinction.

#6.  Russell’s Noble Sacrifice 

A drunk named Russell Casse, who claimed he was once abducted by these aliens, becomes one of the biggest heroes in this film.  After his final missile gets jammed, Russell takes it upon himself to sacrifice his life for the sake of humanity.  It’s a great moment in the film that showed honor and bravery.  This man knew he had seen the last of his own children and knew what had to be done.  He was the only one who could stop this ship, even if it meant taking his own life.

#7.  Escaping The Mother Ship

After uploading the computer virus into the Mother Ship and planting the atomic bomb, Captain Steven Hiller and David Levinson only have thirty seconds left to escape the ship.  As the ship begins closing its doors,  our heroes barely make it out alive with no time to spare.  They both are able to escape the ship shortly after the atomic bomb detonates.  It’s definitely a nail-biting moment, and a scene that will go down as one of the “close-calls” in cinema history.

So that’s my list of the 7 incredible moments from  Independence Day.  What were some of your favorite scenes from the film?  Are you excited for the sequel?  I’d like to hear your thoughts in the comment section below and please share!  Also, don’t forget to check out my other awesome articles by clicking right here!




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