Independence Day is one of those movies that you just have to watch. We've seen movies about alien invasion done over and over again, and trust me, they're getting old. But Independence Day did it right. Taking all the good from the most popular of sci-fi flicks while injecting their own new formula, this is one movie that was made to last, and one of my favorites at that.
I (among many other fans) was ecstatic when I heard that they announced a sequel titled Independence Day: Resurgence, and was even more stoked when I saw the first trailer. The original cast is back (those that survived the first film anyways with the exception of Will Smith) and it looks to faithfully build upon the groundwork of the first film.
With just one trailer though, there were plenty of easter eggs to be found (as is common in today's era). This inspired me to look back at the original ID to scour some interesting nods and references that you may or not have missed. Some of them you probably won't catch unless you understand the reference.
They weren't nearly as well-hidden as in Cloverfield, but here are 10 patriotic easter eggs found throughout the Independence Day franchise.
10 Alien Graveyard
9 Jurassic Park Reference
8 The Day the Earth Stood Still
7 A Whole New Military
6 Poem By Wordsworth
In Independence Day, we spend a significant amount of time in Area 51. During that time, we get a glimpse at a green screen showcasing where the military has tried to nuke the aliens and how effective that ended up being. Just below the green background is a collection of words that reads,
"The purpose of these green lines is to lead you to believe that these words mean something..."
5 Good Morning, Dave
4 Death Star Cameo
3 It's Godzilla!
2 Jeff Goldblum Sickness
1 Death of Will Smith
It seems as if Independence Day: Resurgence will have all the right characters in play to create an awesome film and pay proper respect to the original. However, the only actor absent from the roster is Will Smith, who played Steven Hillier. Thankfully, there is a canonical answer as to why Hillier will not be appearing for the sequel thanks to Warof1996.com, a website dedicated to the attack that happened in the first film. While amping up their tech, Will Smith was test piloting an alien/man-made aircraft hybrid. During the test, there was an unknown malfunction and it claimed his life. Looks like his son will have to carry on the legacy, yes he will be in the film, but much older.
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