This movie came out in March of 2001. It was the new millennium and the dawn of new technology. Everyone was glad the country had survived the Y2K bug and there were no major computer crashes. The first draft of the Human Genome Project is released to the public. The film had the largest budget every approved which allowed the director to use some of the new technology. Other major films that came out that year were The Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Both of these movies also had major special effects. The 1990s saw the end of the Bosnia War. The terrorist attacks on September 11 added to the popularity of the film once it came out on DVD. These all helped increase the sense of nationalism in the Untied States and this movie is about the country coming together and defeating an evil enemy. The movie was released to DVD December 7 on the sixtieth anniversary of the attack.
 “The People History: 2000,” http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/2000.html (accessed November 9, 2008).