The title of the movie Independence Day (1996) makes no sense to me. A country gains independence when:
- It was depending on some other country (being ruled by another country).
- It becomes sovereign, freeing itself from the rule of a foreign country.
The movie "Independence Day" has absolutely nothing to do with independence beside the fact that the last counter-attack by humans against the alien invaders happened to occur on the 4th of July (i.e. the American Independence Day).
Anyway, as I understand it when an enemy state invades your country and you defeat them and send them back home then that doesn't mean that you gained independence. It just means that you successfully protected yourself. Now, if the enemy state successfully invaded your country and enforced their own law upon you and then you sent them back home then yes, you gained independence. However, as I currently see it that's not what happened in the movie.
My argument is that you can't gain independence if you never depended on something. In the movie the humans certainly didn't depend upon the aliens. Hence, it makes no sense for them to commemorate an "Independence Day".
Anyway, I know that Stack Exchange answers shouldn't be primarily opinion-based. I've been using Stack Exchange for a very long time now. Hence, here's my objective question:
What's the justification for commemorating the 4th of July as a worldwide "Independence Day" in the movie? Did Roland Emmerich or Dean Devlin ever give an official explanation why?
This question has been bothering me for a long time now. Especially since I saw the new movie trailer.