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Twister was a mega-million-dollar blockbuster--helmed by a director (Dutchman Jan de Bont) hot off another scorcher hit (Speed)--that flaunted state-of-the-art digital effects and featured a popular leading actress (Helen Hunt) who would win an Academy Award for her next film (As Good As It Gets). But ask anybody who's seen it and they'll tell you who the real star of Twister is: the cow. Not to give anything away, but the cow is one of those inspired little touches (like, say, Bronson Pinchot's career-making cameo in Beverly Hills Cop) that adds a touch of personality to a gigantic Hollywood production. The story is blown out the window after an impressive prologue in which Hunt's character, as a little girl, witnesses her daddy being sucked into a tornado. Basically, Hunt and Bill Paxton are thrill-seeking meteorologists chasing twisters in order to study them (and help warn people of them, of course) with a new technology they've developed. If you thought the Kansas tornado in The Wizard of Oz was every bit as scary as the Wicked Witch of the West, then this may be the movie for you. --Jim Emerson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The movie is of a married meteoroligist couple who are in the midst of getting a divorce, and have not gotten along for a very long time and they make a new invention that they believe will help them see what it looks like, inside a full blown tornado. They have ambition to deploy this new technology to disperse 'lighter than air' radio transmitters into a twister and record the signals to see what it may look like inside a tornado.
The special effects when the tornadoes strike are absolutely awesome not to mention the chase scenes especially towards the ending when the couple speed away from a tornado drive right through a house that was thrown onto the countryside road by a tornado (Impossible in real life) and the other of when a drive-in movie screen showing a snippet of the movie "The Shining" being ripped apart by a F5 tornado in the middle of the night.
"Twister" though suffers from several things and I can sometimes see where some of the detractors are coming from when regarding this movie. While the action scenes and special effects are amazing, the movie's plot lacks a good flow and the film drags on and on in several places and one scene which is just like a boring day at home would've been better left out altogether. Plus the characters are very unconvincing and lack personality.
Even for me who doesn't mind ocassional deviation from the laws of physics in movies, some of the tornadoe scenes are completely unrealistic.Read more ›
The romance between tornado-chaser Jo (Helen Hunt) and Bill (Bill Paxton), is predictable, but it is still interesting to see how it unfolds. CSI's Jamie Gertz plays the third-wheel fiancee, trailing along in hot pursuit of the storms because Jo is still sitting on the divorce papers. Her refined, Southern character is funny in contrast to Hunt's boot-stomping, full-throttle lifestyle.
Helen Hunts leads a huge pack of nerds who compromise her tornado-chasing team. It is interesting to note that Hunt is the only attractive woman in the film. It was like the casting agent deliberately surrounded her with unattractive women. Even her mother as a little girl is a big, beefy, homely farm woman, and her father is a typical redneck. How such a pretty girl could come from them, I don't know. One of my favorite characters is Jo's aunt. She is very unique.
One thing this movie is though it is an great introduction, in a bit of a farcical way to the science of tornados. This season of twisters has been very devastating and with so many storm chasers today, there are even what they call 'chaser jams' as the cars load the roads. Unlike the competition in the movie for who will get the best view, there is a courtesy.
However, this movie has great special effects, the cow in the air scene was somewhat comical. Touching was the scene of the destruction of a friends house, and horrifying was the scene just prior to it of a twister hitting a drive-in theater.
Hunt and Paxton work together well in this movie. The attempt to outrun the category 5 at the end was a bit unreal, yet you are on the edge of your seat as the 1/2 a mile wide funnel gets ever closer.
I have purchased this movie as a gift for friends and have it on my want list for the future.
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This has been a favorite since its initial release. Spielberg used as much technology as was available and the details are believable. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Allison Vooght
I find these movies that try to explain and then show the power of nature both fascinating and very difficult to pull off. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kelly D. Bryson
Purchases from AMAZON, always a good purchase. Very pleased......Published 15 months ago by Alice MacInnis
My favorite movie I love twister it's an amazing movie and it has a bit of a love storyPublished 19 months ago by Sarah Fattore
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