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Independence Day Case Study

vikiwalden | Monday October 31, 2011

Categories: GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Independence Day, Genres & Case Studies, Action Adventure, Disaster, Science Fiction, Hot Entries

Paper 1 | Disaster Movies Case Study | Independence Day



Independence Day starts with a Wide Shot of the moon displaying the flag and plaque left by the moon landing crew in 1969. Suddenly a shadow engulfs the surface, and space ships are seen heading towards Earth.

At S.E.T.I (Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence), New Mexico, a Scientist is killing time playing golf in the lab; his game is interrupted by an alarm. He sees a signal coming through and awakens his superior. The news is quickly passed on to the Pentagon.

On the morning of July 2nd, the President awakes with his young daughter in bed. They speak to the First Lady on the phone; she is in Los Angeles at a conference. As the President is about to have breakfast with his assistant, Connie, he is interrupted by a phone call explaining the news of the Aliens. 

David is playing chess with his Father in the park; his father quizzes him on why after three years of divorce, he is still wearing his wedding ring. David then cycles to the cable company he works at, where there is a reported signal problem he must deal with.

Meanwhile Russell’s children are in their trailer, when Russell’s boss complains that he has not turned up for work. Miguel (Russell’s eldest son) goes in search of his father and finds him, drunk, and dusting the wrong crops.

Small space ships are heading closer to Earth. Inside the Whitehouse the President is speaking with the Minister of Defence, Adam Nimzicki and the Head of the US Military, General William Grey. Whilst the three argue about whether to increase security to DEFCON 3, they realise the ships are slowing down and entering the Earth’s atmosphere. At this, the President calls for DEFCON 3 to be actioned.

Repeated images of the spaceships in the sky can be seen in Iraq; the Persian Gulf; Russia; and the Pacific Coastline. The White house is evacuated but the President decides he doesn’t want to leave; instead he wants to...

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