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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.
Watched in 4D - I turned on the electric fan on the highest setting. Intense!
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…
No star rating; it's not impossible to judge as a narrative work or anything...it's objectively an outright howler, but I find it difficult to look at as anything other than an artifact of a certain mid-90's Venn diagram intersection of special effects and marketing, where you could still pack a theater with the simple promise of a convincing illusion (which this frankly isn't anymore).
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!"
Right hand blue, etc.
I don't know why I'm just now seeing this fully, but I am. For almost 20 years I have seen only the last 40 minutes of this film. I had no idea that the two leading characters were divorcing, or that they were storm troopers. I always thought they were a couple who just stumbled upon a twister in their town and they were trying to survive.
I went on the Twister...Ride it Out ride in Universal Studios in 2000 that just closed down this year, but I've only just seen this in completion.
Well, it's awesome, and the closing of that ride kinda breaks my heart and makes me feel really old. I now get the Dorothy reference from the ride. It's brilliant and timeless, in my opinion.
Sidenote: I also didn't know Spielberg had involvement in this. But it makes sense because I enjoy all his work.
I cried when I saw PSH on screen.
It's all about terrible weather conditions and the guys who fo after it. Sometimes the special effects are not too good, and the story is easy, but the good acting makes it all ok!
Right hand blue, etc.
Rabbit is good, Rabbit is wise. This movie? Blockbuster perfection.
RIP to Twister... Ride It Out. A part of my teen years died today.
SAW: at home, with Jessica
Great Bockbuster by Jan de Bont, who unfortunately made a few flops after this. Twister has not a great story. It's a bit of a mediocre plot that's there because it has to be. Where the true fun of Twister lies is in the disaster scenes. The tornado's are done really well in terms of cgi for that time and what was possible in that area. Also the hunting is done very well. The speed at which they do everything, living on the road. I haven't seen it for real ofcourse, but from what i've seen on the discovery channel or National Geographic it comes pretty close i think. Also the aftermath of the tornado's is brought to screen in…
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