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.
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>
Let's get the positives out of the way which shouldn't take very long: Yes, Jan De Bont has some great effects scenes here, especially at the end, if you are a big effects person: wade through the soap opera that is this movie. Unlike Speed, which he kept moving at a breakneck pace, this movie has a few completely unbelievable scenes of effects that are islands within a sea of soap opera. Hunt's early childhood trauma with dad being sucked up by the funnel from the Wizard Of Oz sets the template for what is to come. As we fast forward to the future, we are brought into their fascinating domestic difficulties which really buttoned my shirt, I cannot take this much tension. Get ready to live inside of poor Paxton's glandular problems as he needs to shed the tornado obsessed Hunt for the much hotter but terrible actress Gertz. For those of you who go to sleep listening to my abstract bloviating, here is Garth's thank you gift: The movie is best described as a soap opera interspersed with some, admittedly, well done special effects scenes. There are two scenes worth the torture that is the viewing of this movie: The night-time drive-in movie attack of a twister, which is well done, and the final, absurd, confrontation with an F5 tornado. Yes, I may be a philosopher but, trust me, please don't attempt to replicate this survival plan which would get you instantly separated from your extremities.
People were laughing, in the theater, at the conclusion. Yes, hang on to some underground pipes and get inside of winds blowing at four hundred miles an hour at the core of an F5. De Bont treated us to a scene, just as bad as this, in Speed with the flying bus that appears to ascend as it nears the other side of the freeway half a mile away. Both of these scenes are beyond bad, at least the 'you will believe a bus can fly' scene was in the middle of Speed, not at the conclusion. Before the existential levitation scene, these two feuding pants / skirts are having debris flying at shrapnel speed all about them, driving through blown over houses but, apparently, their vehicle has some kind of lead lined chassis. I may not be a physicist, but if the freaking wind is blowing strongly enough to blow houses over, and you are driving, you are going to discover how thick the earth's atmosphere is rather quickly. Look, I am willing to suspend disbelief but, like the flying bus, try not to make us feel like retards when we watch your movie. "Oh, they won't notice, they just want to see great effects, lighten up." Over ninety percent of this movie is the following: Hunt's obsession of tornadoes, which is creepy, has caused Paxton to wish to trade up with the much Hotter Gertz. The movie consists of Paxton and Gertz chasing Hunt about with her crew of severely disturbed men who really need healthy, actual lives.
Of course, show of hands, what happens when Paxton's pants spend more time chasing Hunt's skirt all over the Midwest? They hate each other even more? No, wrong, no Jupiter Ascending fans. You will never guess, I was enthralled, they re-ignite their deep passion for each other. I went through several boxes of Kleenex, please, who cares about the stupid tornadoes, this is what I paid to watch! If you love The Young And The Restless, the tornado years, this is the movie for you. Paxton is one of my favorite actors, like Phillip Seymour Hoffman, you will feel such deep sympathy for him. I bet he turned to De Bont and said,"Jan, please can you get me out of this movie?" He has the same identical pained look upon his face that Ford had in Six Days And Seven Nights. The look that says,"I am going to push my agent into heavy traffic." The flaw of the movie is quite simple: it is terribly boring between the few good tornado scenes. It made a lot of money (99 million) but it has not aged well. The effects, that were cutting edge in 96, have been surpassed by today's CGI which renders the good parts boring to modern audiences. They have seen effects this good or better and all they are left with is the soap opera with the contrived feud between Princess Bride boy, I love all their vehicles are black, and our feuding couple trying to integrate Hunt's thing for tornadoes with their pants / skirts blazing, please shoot me!
This movie is easy to review for you: Did you like Deep Impact? Did you love Jennie's thrilling family problems that consumed the majority of a movie sold to suckers, like me, as a 'comet hitting the earth' movie? If you answered yes, you will just adore this movie, ignore me. For everyone else, the movie has built in bathroom breaks, raiding the fridge moments, trust me after an effects scene, come back in fifteen minutes. Yes, their waists are in a Twister for each other with a bit of a tornado movie intermixed inside of this alleged classic. Overrated Crap. Q.E.D.
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