There are several awesome explosions in Roland Emmerich’s sci-fi thriller, but the first is the best of the lot. After queuing up to greet their alien visitors, a bunch of peace-loving well-wishers are obliterated by energy weapons. It’s difficult to feel sympathetic, particularly when one of them screams, “I hope they bring back Elvis!”
This ginormous blast engulfs an entire building, sending flames cascading down each floor in a destructive procession. It then wipes out several more skyscrapers, as well as countless cars and fleeing human beings.
When you take into consideration the numerous moments of carnage that follow,
is one of the most explodey films around.