Christmas Twister (2012 TV Movie)
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But the same ole tornado hits mall, school, train, etc. First one always hits at night. Whacker chasers in a pick-up camper. Conflicts between integral vs. sensationalist news casters. Although it did add a Nuclear Plant to the mix, so this will be a first. The only thing that is missing is a tornado proof tank.
It is amazing that the tornadoes in this movie are not causing immediate damage. The damage is only apparent after the tornado has passed and there was a cut to a new scene.
Director: "Cut to CGI tornado passing in front of the Mall" *CGI tornado moves back and forth. CGI debris is apparent. Flimsy sign on the mall 20' from CGI tornado is not even rippling.*
Director: "Cut to worried father weather scientist concerned about his teen-aged daughter at said mall"
Director: "Cut back to mall where we now see the aftermath of the tornado's destructive force."
Near the beginning of the movie the brother and sister wonder if mom and dad's arguing will lead to their split, a lot happens between that and the end, where mom and dad are kissing and telling each other "I love you." It is one of those movies, and of course very appropriate to the Holiday season.
The drama is created by increasingly faster and more dangerous tornadoes, "twisters", in the Fort Worth area near Christmastime. Family members and friends all get into harm's way, even the family dog, but all ends well.
But there is one really outstanding thing about this movie, and its name is Haley Lu Richardson who plays the teenage daughter Kaitlyn . She seems to be really a teenager, but her IMDb profile has essentially no information. However some websites and youtube videos indicate she is from the Phoenix area, is an accomplished dancer with some gymnastics experience, and overall fitness from dance and various sports.
But all that wouldn't matter much unless she has acting ability. And she really does. Plus the camera loves her face. So, if she gets a break or two, she could develop into a star. But in that business often it is who you know, not necessarily how good you are. Here's to hoping she gets noticed by the right people, she has that much potential.
Disclaimer: I do not know Ms Richardson, I have no connection to anything involving her, I only learned about her after seeing this movie. I just call 'em like I see 'em.
The movie overall was horrific. The other low-rating reviewers posting were absolutely correct.
One important fact no one pointed out: Grandbury, and every other town in this state, know how to hang the Texas flag correctly. As I have taught little kids to do: White goes on the top - clouds, Red goes on the bottom - dirt/blood on the ground, and the star makes a little man with his arms open wide. *smh*
You're welcome :o)
Why on earth was there no rain or hail when these huge twisters came through? I don't even think I heard one thunder crack or saw any lightning. And how in the heck does a tornado cause so much damage to a basement (a SUB basement at that!) and hardly any damage to the rest of the building? Did it come from the ground up??? And did that family really leave a door open? How else did that dog get out of the house?
There was one scene that kind of creeped me out. Two teenage girls sit on Santa's lap. EWWW! The tall blonde tells Santa the other wants a date with some guy named Ryan. Five minutes later, when the twister hits, a boy is locked out of the mall. Everyone just stands there, not even bothering to help him get in. The poor sap gets sucked into the tornado. Guess what! it was Ryan! That's one gift Santa won't be able to deliver.
I could go on and on about the idiocy that is this movie and the plot holes that are so big a semi could drive through them, but it's Christmas and I want to keep what remains of my sanity.
By the end, I was wishing one of those so-called twisters in the movie would bust through my TV and put me out of my misery.
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The script. I really enjoyed the story and the characters. Every member of the family got a moment to shine and I liked that the kids learned their lesson and became better for it. Even the dog got his moment!
The action. I thought the movie was exciting. I had only intended to watch half or so, but I couldn't turn it off. It also moved very quickly, not a dull moment.
The actors. The guy from Starship Troopers did a good job and makes a good action hero. The kids were great too.
The FX were a little cheesy at times. This is where the low budget showed.
Global warming... I thought there was a little bit too much lecturing about climate change and I didn't think it was necessary.
The music... kind of blah and not really exciting enough for a movie like this.
I wouldn't let my young kids watch it yet, but when they're older and ready for an action movie... I think this would be a fun one to let them see.
The special effects are primitive, the tornadoes were sloppily rendered and the CGI vehicles that were carried away looked very unconvincing.
The biggest problem I have with the movie is the portrayal of the tornadoes, there are multiple scenes that didn't make sense. There's one scene where a tornado is in the mall parking parking lot and not a single car is misplaced, another scene where the F6 strikes a port full of shipping containers and only two containers are picked up.
While the scenes of a train being lifted off its tracks and the destruction of the city are accurate and entertaining, unfortunately that doesn't stop the film from falling flat.
In short, this film about a tornado outbreak near Christmas is only watchable if your expectations are low or if your focus in trained towards the family drama rather than the thrill.
That being said there are a few scenes where you will shake your head at. It's always good to wait until the tornado hits before having someone trapped. The scene is at the TV station. Everyone is heading to the basement. Pregnant lady is in other part of basement. Female lead goes looking. The woman is calling for help. As the lead makes her way to her the tornado rumbles the building. She doesn't even stumble yet she finds the missing pregnant lady buried under a pile of debris. Except the woman was hollering prior to the tornado showing up. That was sort of hard to swallow.
There were a few other scenes that you raise a few eyebrows but the movie wasn't the worst I've ever seen. Some reviewers were upset that they had the nerve to discuss global warming. Not only is it a real issue but it's also needed in the movie to explain why so many tornadoes were appearing just before Xmas. Months away from tornado season. Anyway. If you like made for TV disaster movies you'll prob enjoy this one.