12 / THE DESTRUCTION BEGINS
INDEPENDENCE DAY (1996)
The aliens positioned 108 City Destroyers over the Earth. We see three. All of them in the United States (funny that). But Roland Emmerich made that trio count, cranking up the tension with a countdown clock and, as it hit zero, Jeff Goldblum’s realisation that, “Time’s up.” Then the blue lasers let rip, destroying the Empire State Building, the White House and… that one in LA (actually the U. S. Bank Tower). Much imitated since, but never bettered. After all, when you’ve destroyed the White House, where else is there to go? Perhaps we’ll find out on June 24, when Emmerich’s aliens return to create mayhem all over again.