The Dark Side of Nature.
TV weatherman Bill Harding is trying to get his tornado-hunter wife, Jo, to sign divorce papers so he can marry his girlfriend Melissa. But Mother Nature, in the form of a series of intense storms sweeping across Oklahoma, has other plans. Soon the three have joined the team of stormchasers as they attempt to insert a revolutionary measuring device into the very heart of several extremely violent tornados.
I unapologetically love this film.
See, this is the very definition of a Dumb but Fun Blockbuster™.
A Dumb but Fun Blockbuster™ needs the following things:
-an appealing cast of characters with leads that have the thinnest sliver of shallow backstory, so we can pretend we care.
-a bad guy that is unmistakably bad, because he's bad and does bad things. He could have equally bad henchman who are also really bad.
- a hefty dose of nonsensical over the top action with great special effects.
- a happy ending so we can all walk out feeling a bit better about the world.
Twister does all those things and adds a very original…
Watched in 4D - I turned on the electric fan on the highest setting. Intense!
Huge announcement Letterboxd. Even though I am a grown man, I still have not decided what I want to be when I grow up. Well, I hadn't decided until this rewatch of one of the greatest films ever made, Twister. Your probably thinking to yourself, oh, FilmApe wants to be a storm chaser. If you are thinking that, you are wrong. Nope, I have decided that I want to be Phillip Seymour Hoffman. And no, I don't want pursue a career in acting, I just want to be PSH.
There's every movie ever, and then there's TWISTER. Well, not really, but to a select few growing up in the 90s, Twister was kind of a big deal. The conceit is applaud worthy. The novelty of storm chasing. The adrenaline rush. The teamwork. The rock n' roll spirit. A full day's tornado count from F1 up to F5. A drive-in twister attack that tears apart the frames of The Shining. Whose idea was that? Again, applause. The carnivorous sound design. Seriously, the twisters sound like dinosaurs. The Dorthy conceit. Corporate sponsors. Vendettas with nature. The suck zone. PS Hoffman whispering "suck zone". It's one of those films where almost every line can be spoken by me back to the screen. Nostalgia is rampant with this, but the cheese is just so delicious and you couldn't dream up a crazier cast for a tornado actionfest. "It's the wonder of nature, baby!"
The second greatest bad movie of all time. (after Road House)
Reviewers on IMDb headed their reviews
high speed revolving garbage
Twister, how I hate thee, let me count the ways!
How could so much destruction be so very, very boring?
Those sum up my feelings about the film quite well, it was very predictable (and that's odd for a film about extreme weather, which is by its nature, unpredictable) filled with characters with no depth and no sense, accompanied by some good special effects.
"The finger of God"
Often hugely fun.
This is a tough one for me. I loved this film as a kid. I was fascinated with storms and tornadoes, and this movie was the best representation of the destruction that a tornado causes that I had seen, besides those stormchaser shaky-cam videos. And I will admit, the effects still hold up pretty well (well, for the most part... that cow was kinda ridiculous), the tornadoes actually look pretty terrifying, especially the F5. But upon rewatching it... well... the problem with this movie is the plot... and the acting... and the pacing. The acting is mediocre at best, the antagonist Jonas is so terribly cliched, none of the performances seem real (except perhaps the prologue scene, that was done…
I really liked this movie as a kid. I watched it all the time when they would play it on TBS. I was at Target and saw it on the self and thought "What the heck, i'll get it." I am happy I did as this movie is a lot of fun. Sure it has some problems. It is really obvious that the two main characters will get back together by the end of the film. However the fun action makes up for the bad. The tornadoes actually do look pretty good. This movie is a popcorn movie along the lines of Deep Blue Sea or Anaconda. Sure there are some dumb things in it. The ending when they strap themselves to a metal pipe to survive a tornado is so bull crap. Who cares though? It's a fun movie. The effects are good and the characters are likeable enough to enjoy this film. Worth a watch.
I don't even know how many times I've seen this film at this point but it's still really fun. I love the characters, their relationships, the badassness that is Helen Hunt and the drama that all comes together with a massive tornado.
Twister is a great blockbuster that still manages to entertain seventeen years later.
I took my kids, ages 10 and 8, to see this on the opening Saturday. They loved it. I was impressed by Bill Paxton's performance.
I can't help it, I love Michael Crichton thrillers (minus his right wing agenda which became more and more apparent in his later books...)
There have been thunderstorms surrounding us all night so this felt like a fitting watch.
Twister is a thrilling storm/disaster movie which definitely delivers on it's title. The only thing is that by the time the characters get caught in the third or fourth twister, it becomes a little monotonous.
Still, it's a decent movie and probably one of the better disaster films out there.
Well this was fun!!