Finally, science fiction the way it used to be: rousing, cosmically xenophobic and ferociously patriotic. Forget E.T. and his cuddly ilk. INDEPENDENCE DAY's bellicose aliens want our Earth and intend to squash us like bugs -- bugs!
-- to get
it. It's up to a ragtag band of can-do Americans, ranging from the President (Bill Pullman) to a drunken crop-duster pilot (Randy Quaid), to rally our spirits and save our bacon.
An engaging cast of second-tier talent -- Jeff Goldblum, Will Smith, Judd Hirsch et al. -- is on hand, and the lack of superstars works to the picture's advantage. Whereas Arnold, Tom or Sly would have to come out alive, these journeyman acto...