Independence Day is the most famous war of all between earth and alien invasion.
Independence Day immediately jumps off with a strange phenomena surface around the globe. The skies ignite as terror races through the world’s major cities.
As these extraordinary events unfold, it becomes increasingly clear that a force of incredible magnitude has arrived.
Its mission: total annihilation of the world.
The last hope to stop the destruction is an unlikely group of people united by fate and unimaginable circumstances.
On July 2, 1996, an enormous alien mothership that has one fourth the mass of the Moon enters orbit around Earth, deploying 36 smaller spacecraft, each 15 miles (24 km) wide, that take positions over some of Earth’s major cities and military bases.
David Levinson, an MIT-trained satellite technician, decodes a signal embedded in the global satellite transmissions that he determines is a timer counting down to a coordinated attack.
With the help of his former wife, White House Communications Director Constance Spano, Levinson, and his father Julius, gain access to the Oval Office and warn President Thomas J. Whitmore that the aliens are hostile.
Whitmore orders large-scale evacuations of New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C., but it is too late; the timer reaches zero and the ships activate devastating directed-energy weapons, killing millions.
Whitmore, the Levinsons, and a few others narrowly escape aboard Air Force One as the capital is destroyed, along with other locations over which the ships are positioned.
On July 3, international leaders begin ordering individual counterattacks.
Their aviation forces attack destroyer ships positioned above the ruins of the cities, but the ships are protected by force fields.
Each destroyer launches a swarm of attack fighters, each with its own shield as well, which wipe out the human fighter squadrons.
Captain Steven Hiller, a pilot with the USMC squadron VMFA-314 based out of Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, survives by luring his attacker to the enclosed spaces of the Grand Canyon and sacrificing his plane, forcing the alien to crash-land.
He subdues the injured alien pilot and flags down a convoy of refugees, hitching a ride with former combat pilot Russell Casse.
They transport the unconscious alien to nearby Area 51 where Whitmore’s group has landed.
Through Secretary of Defense Albert Nimzicki, they learn that a faction of the government has been involved in a UFO conspiracy since 1947, when one of the invaders’ attack fighters crashed in Roswell.
Area 51 houses the refurbished alien fighter and three alien corpses recovered from the crash.