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Independence Day

Started well but became so daft as to be borderline fantasy. It's bad enough trying to get different network systems to connect, but connecting to an alien system is a different world (excuse the pun). Independence Day is the kind of movie so giddy with its own outrageousness that one doesnt even blink at such howlers in the plot. Directed by Roland Emmerich, Independence Day is a pastiche of conventions from flying-saucer movies from the 1940s and 1950s, replete with icky monsters and bizarre coincidences that create convenient shortcuts in the story. (Such as the way the girlfriend of one of the films heroes--played by Will Smith--just happens to run across the presidents injured wife, who are then both rescued by Smiths character who somehow runs across them in alien-ravaged Los Angeles County.) The movie is just sheer fun, aided by a cast that knows how to balance the retro requirements of the genre with a more contemporary feel.