I'm watching Independence Day. My God this movie is dumb. I mean honestly. insanely moronic. Firstly, the aliens invade earth to consume organic matter. WTF? They could create enough. Certainly. I mean, for fuck's sake, THEY BUILD THINGS 1/4 THE SIZE OF THE MOON AND SEND THEM ACROSS THE GALAXY. They are advanced enough to have those host bodies...but they are organic? They can be stopped by a weapon 500 years removed from a sword? A little bit of titanium thrown in their direction and bam, massive organ failure and death. Not to mention their tactics during invasion; they want to consume organic matter, but they burn humans to a crisp. That's just dumb people. Not to mention the entire NUKE-EM sequence. Firstly, who would think that a ship capable of interstellar travel would be effected by something as inelegant and simplistic as a nuclear weapon? Then, of course, the tank watching this whole thing just goes on to report on the obvious; the ship is still there. This, despite the notable fact that the EMP wave should have fried all the technology in the hunk of Human junk. It's an incredibly stupid movie. It may have a halfway decent cast, but it wastes it's effects budget on the moronic (terrible alien, alien ship design) or the meaningless jolts (the fucking DOG surviving). Now, HL2 is an entirely different story. Rather then simply destroying human civilization with some manner of WMD, they quickly subdue an already damaged humanity in 7 hours, then place a human figurehead government completely controlled by them while they attempt to change the best examples of humanity into another species worthy of contributing to their empire. That actually makes sense. If humanity continues to progress at it's current rate, if not even faster, we could easily become a threat to this alien species, and perhaps to the existence of the entire universe. Rather then risk this, they simply decide to force them to become allies. Think an alien version of America forcing Japan to open up, only with a lot more weird hybrid alien-human thingies. But HL's plot is more then that. Even if the main character is an MIT grad, Freeman is kind of the defense of magical thinking; in the face of an extreme rational, highly intelligent enemy, a simple Messiah figure takes the entire system down. It's genius. And it took maybe 1/100 of the budget. And I'm sure they didn’t hire as many writers. WTF is wrong with Hollywood?