And the parts where Paul/Jessica use the weirding voice it gets SUPER FUCKING LOUD, but dialogue itself is whisper quiet.
Maybe not the beginning but it was definitely the tipping point for acceptable stupidity. Everything Roland Emmerich makes is that movie but he just substitutes even more a ridiculous civilization ending thing. The first is was aliens, then it's radioactive dinosaurs, then it was reverse global warning, then it was the Mayan apocalypse. Just an amazing downward trajectory of dumb.ID4 was the beginning of the end of remotely intelligent popcorn films.