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| | 2 hr 25 min | Action, Adventure, Science Fiction

The President of the United States is being faced with one of his toughest challenges of his presidency, one where the people are looking to him for protection, and he may not have the answers. The world is being attacked by alien forces, whose only desire is to exterminate the population and move on to other sources. Will Smith plays the part of a USMC pilot, who is called up to join a counterattack against the alien invaders. He instructs his live in girlfriend, Jasmine (Vivica A. Fox) to take her son and meet him on base after he has a chance to deal with the present crisis.

The city of Los Angeles is just one of several major cities around the world that has a spacecraft hovering over it, and they all seem to be deployed by a much larger Mothership that waits just outside the earth's atmosphere. During a failed introductory effort by Captain Hiller and his team of F/A 18 hornets, the intentions of the aliens became evident as the shooting started, and many of the hornets came crashing to their death. Hiller managed to bail from his aircraft after shooting down one of the alien ships, at which time he decided to capture the alien pilot, and drag it all the way to the closest military base he could find.

Area 51 is the final destination for Hiller and his unwelcome friend, where he meets up with the president and he is eventually tasked to to deliver a nuclear weapon into the bowels of the alien mother ship, but not before stealing a Huey and going in search for Jasmine. His trip to find Jasmine netted him more than just his future wife, but also the first lady of the United States (Mary McDonnell), who managed to find herself injured and seeking safety with other refugees in the area. Look for other big names like Jeff Goldblum (David Levinson) and Judd Hirsch as Julius Levinson.

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Stars
Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch
Director
Roland Emmerich
Language
English
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Jeff Goldblum: 'Independence Day' Sequel Is 'Brewing'

We might end up seeing Jeff Goldblum doling out computer viruses to aliens sometime soon. The actor revealed that a sequel to the 1996 blockbuster "Independence Day" is "brewing," and he thinks it has a good chance of actually coming together. "I had a meeting and have been talking over the last several months or year with Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, the producer, and they’ve been cooking up and say they have a part for me in what they hope will be a plan to make another one pretty soon," Goldblum said in an interview with Time.

'Independence Day 2' Looking More Likely Than Ever

With his "Men In Black 3" money freshly burning holes in his pockets, a return to the blockbuster phenomenon that made "Men In Black" possible could one day be bringing Will Smith's career full-circle. It's been 16 years since 1996's Earth-versus-aliens disaster-piece blockbuster "Independence Day" cemented Will Smith as a summer-movie season license to print money. Along the way, it also became the crowning legacy of co-writer Dean Devlin and writer-director Roland Emmerich.

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