Bill and Jo Harding, advanced storm chasers on the brink of divorce, must join together to create an advanced weather alert system by putting themselves in the cross-hairs of extremely violent tornadoes.
A vulcanologist arrives at a countryside town named Dante's Peak after a long dormant volcano, which has recently been named the second most desirable place to live in America, and discovers that Dante's Peak, may wake up at any moment.
Jamie Renée Smith
An oddball family on a Kansas farm are trapped in their farmhouse by an impending storm. The patriarch of the clan is a retired soda pop tycoon. He is currently dating a children's TV ... See full summary »
Harry Dean Stanton,
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. Written by
Martin H. Booda <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The reason the characters react to the TV screens going blank and showing only static before the tornado hits is because, in the days before digital TV, it was discovered that a tornado generates a signal that will override and blank channel 2 on TV sets. Digital TVs do not react this way. See more »
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"Twister" is an educational movie that teaches you in no uncertain terms that there is nothing more noble, vital - and, yes, hip - in all the fields of human endeavor than being a reckless tornado chaser.
The greatest disaster depicted in the film isn't the havoc wreaked by several tornadoes, but rather the obnoxious, shallow, and contradictory characterizations that destroy the story.
For example, Helen Hunt, who is typecast for these kind of sanctimonious roles, leads the cast. One has to wonder why she always appears so high and mighty in this film, with all her stuff together, when her past is supposedly filled with demons she must overcome at all costs. Apparently, the only cure is for her to get so close to a twister she is in danger of being whisked off to Oz. It seems to me it would be far less risky to consult a shrink.
Paxton plays the modern, sensitive and conflicted movie man. In this case, one who can't decide between his gentle, gorgeous fiancé (Gertz) or his flint -faced, self-righteous, soon-to-be ex-wife. You'll never guess who he ends up with!
Meanwhile, Hunt's supporting crew is made up of those lovable, formulaic oddballs that teach us how hip it is to be a science geek, and how "un-hip" everyone else is who just doesn't "get" what they do (like Gertz, who, in an effort to be portrayed as an "out-of-it" fifth wheel, is, in spite of the writers' intentions, actually the most sympathetic character in the whole movie!)
Every movie needs the rival enemy, and evidently a plague of cyclones wasn't considered enough for this film. So enter Cary Elwes and his crew, which is rival to Hunt's and Paxton's. We know immediately they're the evil antagonists because they drive nicer vans and appear to be better funded with better meteorological equipment. Better, at any rate, than the recycled pop cans that Hunt et al are stuck with.
And because we should despise Elwes' crew so much for these reasons, you also will never guess what becomes of them.
"Twister" stretches credibility, but no more than we have become accustomed to in modern action films. I mean, if action heroes can outrun explosive fireballs, then outracing tornadoes, flying oil tankers, cows, and other assorted debris in a pickup truck is a piece of cake.
I give the film a two only for mildly amusing special effects. The real downfall of the movie is in the script. The main characters are the kind you hope will get sucked up skyward never to be seen again in a sequel.
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