Summer Movies: Sharks, Surfers, Science Fiction
Summer is here in the United States. It is extremely hot in most of the country. Heavy rain storms are not unusual.
The unpleasant weather helps drive the movie business. Americans flee to cool, dark movie theaters to escape the heat and rain.
Hollywood's summer films are often based on adventure and escape.
This summer's offerings are no exception. This weekend, a sequel to a popular science fiction disaster film from 1996, opened in theaters.
"Independence Day: Resurgence" stars Liam Hemsworth. Actors Vivica Fox, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pulliam returned to play their characters in the original "Independence Day" movie. Roland Emmerich directed the first film and this latest.
The story line is similar to the first "Independence Day." Space aliens are planning to destroy Earth. Humans work together to stop the attack.
Movie critics generally are not being kind to the film. A Forbes magazine review called it a "disastrous disaster movie." The Chicago Tribune critic wrote that actor Will Smith, the star of the original Independence Day, made the right decision to pass on the sequel.
But, the review in the film industry magazine Variety was more positive. The critic did write that the storytelling "tests patience." But the film gives, in his words, "generously when it comes to the goods most viewers will have come for." And what most viewers come for are explosions, destruction and wild special effects.
Another summer movie that seems to be a look to the past is "The Shallows." Could it be 2016's version of "Jaws?" That 1978 film starring a huge mechanical shark made millions of movie goers afraid to step into the ocean.
"The Shallows" is about a surfer, played by Blake Lively, who is trapped on rocks near the coast of Mexico. A giant shark waits nearby for any attempt she might make to reach land.
The movie may win some fans simply because it features Lively in a bikini. But critics are praising the film for much more.
A review in the Chicago-Sun Times says it "immensely entertaining" and calls Lively's performance "solid."
The Toronto Sun review is similarly supportive. It says "‘The Shallows"' is brisk and engaging, and a great vehicle for Lively."
For those interested in quieter adventure, Disney's "Finding Dory," might be the better choice. Tens of millions of moviegoers have seen the film since its release last weekend. The movie has made more than $200 million in U.S. ticket sales.
The animation is a sequel to the hugely successful 2003 film, "Finding Nemo." This time the fish in question, Dory, suffers memory loss and is looking for her parents.
Rolling Stone magazine said the movie is filled with "humor, heart and animation miracles." Most critics agree. The collective movie review website "Rotten Tomatoes" found that 94 percent of reviews of the film were favorable.
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1.flee to 逃往；逃至
He has to flee to Tanzania.
2.heavy rain 暴雨
The heavy rain delayed our journey.
3.based on 基于
Capitalism is based on private ownership.
4.similar to 与...相似
His dress is very similar to mine in color.
1.Humans work together to stop the attack.
work together 合作；共事
They live and work together in complete equality and brotherhood.
We work together in harness for the president.
2.And what most viewers come for are explosions, destruction and wild special effects.
come for 为...而来
Get your bicycle and come for a spin.
When we mentioned what we had come for, they immediately offered to help us.
美国正值夏季 。美国多数地区也是迎来极热天气 。暴风雨的天气并不少见 。
不愉快的天气却能助力电影业的发展 。美国民众会选择凉爽昏暗的电影院来躲避酷热和暴雨天气 。
今年夏天的特供也不例外 。本周末，1996年一部广受欢迎的科幻灾难片的续集将走上银幕 。
《独立日2：复活》主演是利亚姆·海莫斯沃斯（Liam Hemsworth） 。曾在《独立日1》中的有过精彩演绎的演员薇薇卡·福克斯（Vivica Fox），杰夫·戈德布拉姆(Jeff Goldblum)和比尔·普尔曼（Bill Pullman）都将在续集中回归 。两部影片均由Roland Emmerich导演 。
故事情节与《独立日1》类似 。外星人蓄谋毁掉地球 。人类共同努力粉碎其计划 。
一般，影评人对此类电影并不“嘴下留情” 。福布斯一家杂志的评论称其为“损失惨重的灾难电影” 。芝加哥论坛报称：《独立日1》的主演Will Smith未参演续集，实属明智之举 。
但电影业《综艺》杂志对此则持乐观态度 。评论家们称赞：虽然故事情节很“考验人们的耐心” 。但“这部影片确实带来了观众们期望的东西 。多数观众都期望看到爆炸、毁灭和疯狂的特效 。
另外一部翻拍老旧电影的夏日影片是《浅滩》 。难道这是2016版的《大白鲨》？《大白鲨》拍摄于1978年，主角是一个巨型机械鲨鱼，它至今让数百万观众不敢涉足海水 。
《浅滩》讲述的是一名冲浪运动员的故事，由Blake Lively主演，她被困在墨西哥湾附近的岩石上 。一只巨鲨在附近随时准备攻击想要靠岸的女主角 。
Lively在影片中让人惊艳的比基尼着装让这部影片吸粉不少 。评论家也对这部影片赞不绝口 。
《多伦多太阳报》也同样看好这部影片 。它写到《浅滩》轻快迷人，对Lively来说是个不错的机会 。
对于喜欢安静冒险的观众来说，迪士尼的《海底总动员2》或许是不错的选择 。自上周末上映以来，已有数千万影迷观看了这部影片 。票房收入超2亿美元 。
这部动画片是2003年大卖影片——《海底总动员1》的续集 。影片中，Dory失去了记忆，正在找寻自己的父母 。
《滚石杂志》表示这部影片集“幽默、勇气和动漫传奇”于一身 。很多评论家都认可这一点 。影评网站烂番茄表示94%的观众都喜欢这部影片 。