First released in 1996, Independence Day was a smash hit that injected a level of scale previously unseen in the summer blockbuster. Nearly twenty years later, Pacific Rim came along and told essentially the same story, only with a slightly different wrapper. Seriously, the similarities between Pacific Rim and Independence Day are so hilariously specific it's astounding there hasn't been a lawsuit. It's a real "Under Pressure" vs. "Ice Ice Baby" situation.
Overwhelming odds, a world in crisis, and a band of unlikely heroes are just the tip of the iceberg. When it comes down to it, there are a ton of ways Independence Day and Pacific Rim are the pretty much the same movie.
And though you might think that comparison would cheapen the end result of Pacific Rim, the opposite is true. Pacific Rim uses similar large strokes as its predecessor, but that only serves to set the audience at ease while the film — like Independence Day two decades earlier — amps up the visual delight to a new and spectacular place. Yeah, Pacific Rim is the same film as Independence Day, but Independence Day was an awesome movie.
So, all that respect paid, let’s get into it. Here, for your consideration, are the reasons that Pacific Rim and Independence Day are essentially the same movie.
Also, MASSIVE SPOILERS ahead. Because, of course there are, you knew what you were getting in to.