If you’re a fan of alien movies, the 2000s were your golden age. After the campy Cold War undertones of alien movies in the 1950s and 1960s introduced movie audiences to the idea of watching an invasion from outer space, the idea languished for a few decades before making a strong comeback in the 1990s. There were thrillers, summer blockbusters, even comedies, everything an alien enthusiast could possibly want. This led to a decade when alien movies could be much more than just big budget thrillers, but instead creep into all genres.
To understand the wave of alien movies in the 2000s, it’s best to look back a decade and understand how the movement got started. The 1990s were a popular time for alien blockbusters and produced what is considered one of the greatest alien movies, Independence Day. This 1996 blockbuster ended up as the fourth highest grossing movie of the decade and led to a spate of science-fiction action blockbusters that continued through into the next decade.
Independence Day had all the prototypical aspects of an alien invasion thriller—large-scale battles, giant humanoid aliens and a wave of destruction on earth. Sure, it may have had some plot holes—like how did Jeff Goldblum (Read More....)