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Join the quest to film a tornado-from the inside. Obsessed filmmaker Sean Casey takes us on a mission to capture the world's first IMAX footage from within the vortex of a twister in ... See full summary »

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Join the quest to film a tornado-from the inside. Obsessed filmmaker Sean Casey takes us on a mission to capture the world's first IMAX footage from within the vortex of a twister in Tornado Intercept. Joining the team is renowned meteorologist Dr. Josh Wurman. He and his squad of mobile Doppler radar trucks tag along with Sean to capture vital data from a tornado's destructive base and aid Sean in his search. From the relative safety of a homemade tank known as the Tornado Intercept Vehicle (TIV), Sean and his team endure flying trees, downed power lines and frustrating technical malfunctions. Dr. Wurman guides the steel-plated TIV to one tornado after another but must battle unfamiliar terrain and uncooperative equipment along the way. As technology fails, the team resorts to strapping a horseshoe to the front of the TIV for luck. Sean finally finds himself in the path of a mid-sized tornado, but the team's equipment fails again. With the tornado shrouded by rain and without precise... Written by Anonymous

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Some Awesome Sights, But Let-Down At End
17 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found this so-so, with the good being some awesome tornado and cloud- formation scenes and the "bad" being a little too much behind-the-scenes stuff and an anti-climactic ending.

In a nutshell, we travel along as a young guy who has built this expensive, amazing tornado-proof vehicle goes in search of tornadoes, hoping to get literally inside of the eye of one. He is accompanied, in another truck vehicle, by an older guy with the same passion who wants to analyze as much data as he can, and with this equipment can help Casey get right in the path of a twister.

The tension mounts as time is running out. On the final day - which seems a bit hokey - things finally go right and the big moment arrives. However, when it's over, you - the reviewer - may ask "Huh? That's it?" The camera just doesn't capture the excitement these guys felt inside the big vehicle. We really don't get much of any feeling of what the experience of being the eye of tornado was like. It's a bit disappointing.

To me, the most amazing visuals were those of the incredible cloud formations just prior to a storm. I've never anything like them, and with violent lightening in the middle of these very dark, huge clouds, it's an awesome sight. I can see why so many of these "storm chasers" are addicted to this peculiar "hunt."


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