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Don't Breathe! Don't Look Back! Just run for your life when a destructive force of nature comes howling straight toward you, destroying everything in its path--when you're running from a Twister. Academy Award winner Helen Hunt stars as Dr. Jo Thornton-Harding, who as a small girl watched her father sucked to his death from her family's storm cellar by a massive tornado. Now a storm chaser, a scientist who risks her life to study the dark side of nature by taking her data-transmitting instruments directly into the path of a deadly storm, Jo chases the largest tornado to ever strike Oklahoma as her marriage implodes and rival scientists will stop and nothing to steal her breakthrough.]]>
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OTHERWISE, I love this movie and will treasure the memories of watching it with my now-grown daughters when they were younger. Scared the SNOT right out of them! The first time we watch it, I had them all on the couch and they were all clinging to me and hiding their eyes but peeking as much as they could stand it!
I've always loved Helen Hunt. This was one of Bill Paxton's best. This was my first look at Phillip Seymour Hoffman and he was always great, but this was the most fun role that he ever played. (His death was a sad waste of talent, as are most drug overdoses.)
I own this and will watch it every couple of years. And with grandkids on the way, I hope to get more of those hugs and hiding eyes moments...
Each of the cast members is unique, and all of them are very endearing and likeable. Lois Smith is absolutely priceless as Aunt Meg. They deal with real human problems in the very high-stress environment of chasing severe storms, with the main plot being the romance between the two lead characters. Fun story. Nice romance. Great characters. Interesting setting. Top-notch production values. Even the team's claptrap collection of old vehicles is fun. What more could we ask?
This Blu-ray edition includes some fun production notes in the special features. Part of the fascination is that this film was breaking new ground in CGI, striving to get those tornadoes looking right. This was 1996, a time when home computers were just taking off in the mainstream market, graphics cards were kind of a neat idea, and movie-quality computer generated imagery was still the sole province of purpose-built minicomputers.
Well some nits: There's one phrase that's repeated far, far too much in the dialog, to the point that it tosses me out of the story. I won't repeat it here; maybe it won't bother anyone else. The director seems to be trying to make a political point involving corporations, sponsors, and technology; but in truth, it's so ineptly done that you might not even notice as it goes by. At worst, that bit is a parody of the constant stream of political hate messages spewing out of Hollywood and New York these days.
That said, don't sit next to a meteorologist while watching this movie, especially not an amateur meteorologist like me. So... OK... I warned you... incredibly high number of tornado encounters in the time frame of the movie, NSSL doesn't predict tornadoes, yeah that's a big supercell over there in the sky so storm chasers wouldn't sit around talking while that's going on, nice overcast sky but the wrong kind of clouds for a severe storm, cute effects but the aerodynamics are totally Wizard of Oz... you get the idea. You can nitpick it to death if you know stuff. Those things don't bother me at all in this story, but if they're important to you, they might diminish your enjoyment of "Twister."