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A mile-wide, 300 miles-per-hour force of total devastation is coming at you! In this adventure swirling with cliffhanging excitement and awesome special effects, Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton play scientists pursuing the most destructive weatherfront to sweep through mid-America’s Tornado Alley in 50 years. By launching electronic sensors into the funnel, the storm chasers hope to obtain data to create an improved warning system. But to do so, they must intercept the twisters’ deadly path. The chase is on! Special Features • Commentary by Director Jan DeBont and Visual Effects Supervisor Stefan Fangmeier • Chasing the Storm: Twister Revisited featurette • The History Channel Documentary Nature Tech: Tornadoes • Anatomy of a Twister • HBO First Look: The Making of Twister • Van Halen Humans Being Music Video • Theatrical Trailers
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 ›
Speed [Blu-ray] was definitely Jan de Bont's best film, but Twister [Blu-ray] here makes for a comfortable second place because of its cheesier attempts at drama. Tailing in third place is The Haunting where de Bont chose to sacrifice the script to be able to spend more money on visual effects to make the house the star instead of his actors. After Speed 2: Cruise Control Jan de Bont's directing career has practically been put in Park.
Entertainment Value: B-
touched down in a midwestern town my point is that Twister is
a film that should have been exactly what it was and no less
due to respect of reality to the real people who have been
through the real twisters that could tell you what an F-5
looks feels and sounds like.Everyday occurances like this
Hollwood could not resist and they had a huge summer hit.
Jo at the beginning of the film just a little girl
her family is terrorized when her home is hit by an F-5
a tornado that can be in excess of 250 to 314 miles an
hour she tragically loses her father in the monster.
Now we come to present day in the film Bill Thornton who
is played by (Bill Paxton) and Dr.Melissa Reeves(Jami Gertz)
who are engaged are visiting a much older Jo(Helen Hunt)
to finalize there divorce.But little does Bill know that
he will coming on for a much further trip then just divorce
papers when he sees his old crew and the new satillite that
Jo has improved on that was his vision TOTO(Totable Tornado
Observatory)which he affectionately calls Dorthy.Read more ›
I would say that it started a revolution in the movies of today: nowadays, moviemakers seem to think that the bigger the effects, the better the movie, regardless of characterization or story. This is definitely the case with such movies as "Volcano" and "Armageddon," and there are movies that seem to get the formula for effects and story evened out, but rarely. In this case, "Twister" is more about the special effects show than about anything else.
Beginning appropriately enough with (duh!) a tornado, young Joe (played in adulthood by Helen Hunt) is traumatized by the death of her father, who was sucked up in the twister while trying to hold the storm cellar door in place as the tornado comes wailing overhead. This is one of the movie's unexplained events: he is holding the door in place so that his wife and daughter would not be sucked out of the cellar, so when he disappears, why are they still standing there? Also unexplained is the absence of her mother for the rest of the movie: did she die? Was she abducted by aliens? Guess we'll never know.
Moving on in years, the present day finds Joe and a crew of storm chasers doing what they love: spotting twisters.Read more ›
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It is a great movie that leaves you sitting on the edge of your seat wondering what is going to happen. It also has you wondering where the next tornado will strike. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Patricia Vant Voort
Got to me quicker than I thought it would and I was thrilled. Exactly what I was looking for.Published 2 months ago by Ashley
In spite of the dated special effects, the cast makes it a great movie.Published 3 months ago by Hal