Ahhh, the nineties. Although I say the same thing about the eighties, there’s something about these blockbusters from the nineties. They are so robust and sturdy, surviving wave after wave of technological advancements. And that innocence of being caught up in the moment, thinking that this is the pinnacle of human development. The famous flying cow is something that has not been seen before (or after) this flick. Twister is essentially a love story in the middle of the hunt for a tornado.

The special effects even today look amazing and there are few good twister movies, well except for some Mega Hurricane TV crap that belongs to the category movies so bad that they are good. In fact, there’s only one movie that came close to this one and that’s Into the Storm released in 2014.

Directed by famous cinematographer Jan de Bont (Speed) and written by Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, SphereThe 13th Warrior), Twister was a huge project, meaning that everything was done by the book. This also means that it’s very easy to watch especially because of its phenomenal pacing that keeps the viewer glued to the screen. You can see where that hundred mill went.

Bill Harding is a former hurricane hunter, looking to settle down with his new girlfriend/soon to be wife. But when he hunts down his current wife to sign the divorce papers he will be sucked in the twister of emotions and real twisters.

Pretty good cast with some really talented actors in an earlier phase of their career (Philip Seymour Hoffman), combined with effects and pretty predictable script produced a great movie for a Sunday afternoon, as well as any disaster movie. Bill Paxton, whom I will always remember as Private Hudson from Aliens (game over man, game over!) was great and Helen Hunt gave the movie that official and sciency vibe.

Twister is pretty realistic, as far as twisters go, the only problem is the sappy love story in the background, but what you gonna do, you can’t have everything. However, this not a story about some reckless people just trying to get likes or something. They’re on a quest to map this twister and using a technology that has never been used before. And I know how naive this sounds but at least the narrative is there. This is a guilty pleasure, especially for us that were a part of the nineties hype, so just relax and get ready to be entertained.

Director: Jan de Bont

Cast: Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes, Jami Gertz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lois Smith

Fun Stuff: “It sucks” was originally going to be used as one of the taglines for the film, but the producers felt that it worked too much to the advantage of disappointed audiences and critics. Of course, there is a third meaning…


IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117998/

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