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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.
"Dorthy's flying...baby, she's flying"
Things I thought about during this viewing
Man, this hot dog is delicious (I ate a hot dog while I watched it).
They handle the dual protagonist thing so well in this film. Neither character gets short changed, and their motivations both seem realistic, with the compromises that both make being logical.
I miss PSH.
The end credits, starting from the pulling back from the farm to reveal the trail of the tornado, to the shots of clouds, and wheat fields, and other stuff, is just great.
I should eat another hot dog (I will probably eat another hot dog).
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!"
I'll have you know that I prepared myself to watch this movie. I have known for years of the depths of stupidity this jacked-up SyFy Original sinks to over the course of its running time. I did every thing short of take a hit of bong-water during this movie,
And I still felt too smart for this horseshit!
Seriously? Bill Paxton can "feel what the tornado is thinking"? Come On! Did no one outside of the producers take a look at this script? I know, this is a big dumb action effects reel meant for simple folks to go to the theater and enjoy, but there is a difference between enjoyable amounts of stupid and insipidly lame storytelling. Helen Hunt…
LAWD this is stupid and fun as all get out.
An old classic from Prime. Been too long since I saw this one.
Pretty effective tornado disaster movie that doesn’t deserve to be lambasted. A good movie to watch at the end of a long weekend in the summer.
Why do I like this?
1996 Movielog #28
As far as disaster films go, this could be one of the best. Paxton and Hunt are well cast as storm chasers and make an impression with a script that gives them plenty of reasons to emote while CGI apparitions tear up the mid west. And the effects are pretty convincing, the cows less convincing, but still a very visceral approach from cinematographer turned director Jan De Bont, coming out of a phase in his career where he was up there with the best of the action directors.
idk maybe i'm just a freak, but watching this made me feel all nice n cozy
i need to be able to purchase the score for this, gotdammit!
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!