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Independence Day. That movie should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by how underwhelming the 2016 sequel was anymore. We will be united in remembering how great the 1996 original was instead.
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20. Morse Code
The story behind the movie's score could easily be an article of its own. Composer David Arnold retreated into seclusion to escape the runaway marketing, only to be awoken by helicopters flying banners for the movie.
However, one secret hidden within the movie itself, is that the drum sounds he composed for the opening scenes are, in fact, morse code. The dash-dot-dot, dot-dot, dot rhythm they beat out spells D... I... E.
The same message provided by the captured alien when asked by the President what it is they want the human race to do.