5 years after Pitch Black, the wanted criminal Riddick arrives on a planet called Helion Prime, and finds himself up against an invading empire called the Necromongers, an army that plans to convert or kill all humans in the universe.
On July 2nd, communications systems worldwide are sent into chaos by a strange atmospheric interference. It is soon learned by the military that a number of enormous objects are on a collision course with Earth. At first thought to be meteors, they are later revealed to be gigantic spacecraft, piloted by a mysterious alien species. After attempts to communicate with the aliens go nowhere, David Levinson, an ex-scientist turned cable technician, discovers that the aliens are going to attack major points around the globe in less than a day. On July 3rd, the aliens all but obliterate New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, as well as Paris, London, Houston and Moscow. The survivors set out in convoys towards Area 51, a strange government testing ground where it is rumored the military has a captured alien spacecraft of their own. The survivors devise a plan to fight back against the enslaving aliens, and July 4th becomes the day humanity will fight for its freedom. July 4th is their ... Written by
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Within the first few minutes of the very first day of principal photography, a pigeon pooped on producer Dean Devlin's head. Locals were quick to inform Devlin that in New York City, this is considered a sign of good luck. See more »
Actors "marks" to stand on, are visible at these points through the movie:
- A Secret Service agent, when President Whitmore is on the phone telling his wife he wants her to leave LA
- Steven Hiller, about to leave for El Toro, walking up to his red car, where Dylan plays and Jasmine joins him
- Jasmine at the club, walking to the mirror in the dressing room
- Dr. Isaacs, behind Dr. Okun walking up to greet President Whitmore
- Dr. Okun when he leads President Whitmore, General Grey, David, and others to see "the big tamale"
- 3 people just before Dr. Okun unlocks the vault, and again right after he opens it and explains alien telepathy
- Nimzicki, when the President walks up to "the big tamale" Dr. Okun rushes up the ramp to explain his excitement
- General Grey, when the alien is terrorizing the President's mind
- Julius and Connie, when David is talking about viruses and Major Mitchell first shoots at the Coke can (not in other shots in the same scene)
- President Whitmore right before he angrily fires Nimzicki. See more »
If this isn't an insanely beautiful woman, I'm hangin' up.
Sir, I - I- I think you should listen to this.
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Frank Bollinger, originally from the art department is credited as "Alien Supervisor" because he wasn't member of the union, so he wouldn't be allowed to work in that department. See more »
Never mind the stereotypical characters. Never mind the non-existant logic. Never mind that the dialogue is inane and bordering on idiotic. THIS IS GREAT ACTION! And there's no point in denying it.
First of all: I love to watch destruction. Preferably in larger scales. You get fed an enormous amount of it here. Second: I love alien starships the size of New York. And you sure get that too. And third: I love dogfights. You get that too. Forth: I don't take it seriously.
This films is one of the best of the decade, not simply because it works so well in an all-over scheme, but it provides some kicks that no other film had up to then (1996). Aliens arrive in gigantic spaceships and blow up a bunch of major cities. That's all I need.
How to grapple with the fact that logic takes a backseat - please spare me. There are worse films than this one.
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