August 2, 2021

‘Independence Day’ turns 25 of causing a sensation

Independence Day, by Roland Emmerich, surprised from his first promotional posters. The vision of a huge alien ship floating over several cities in the world, puzzled and amazed in equal measure.

Although it was not clear what the argument was, what was evident is that this time the visitors from outer space were not harmless. But while many other films bet on fear or curiosity about the alien encounter, Emmerich decided that his movie would be a battle.

And not an ideological, culturally relevant one or a search for intellectual answers. It would be a peculiarly cheesy kind of subversion of the usual tropes to create a goal: the amusement. Independence Day was born as a celebration of American ideals taken to a new dimension.

In an almost naive way, the director created an epic in which America would become an action hero. Reinventing the classic of War of the Worlds for a generation dazzled by the visual.

Emmerich decided to turn the first great encounter between the human and the alien into a catastrophe. As if that wasn’t enough, he based the effectiveness of the entire proposal on provoking a sense of astonished horror. The first images of the film They showed all the great symbols of American power devastated, devastated by some kind of violent phenomenon.