TwisterDirector: Jan de Bont
Bill Paxton, Helen Hunt and Carey Elwes may be billed as the stars of Twister, but the film's real attractions are the cyclones themselves. Best experienced in a theater, the nail-biting, blow-the-audience-out-of-their-seats computer generated graphics, cutting edge sound and other special effects are designed to take viewers straight into the roaring funnel of a gigantic tornado. In order to focus on special effects and action, the story is simple and the characters are drawn in broad strokes with little depth. Jo Harding (Hunt) became a storm chaser (a meteorologist who photographs and scientifically studies tornadoes in the field) after a large twister sucked her hapless daddy into oblivion when she was a girl. Bill (Paxton) was a storm chaser too, but left to become a successful weatherman. His change of profession ruined his marriage to Jo. Before separating, the Hardings invented DOROTHY, a gizmo designed to release thousands of tiny sensors when a tornado passes over it. The Hardings hope the information transmitted by the sensors will provide insight into the nature of the whirling windstorms. Backed by a large corporation, the villainous Dr. Jonas Miller (Elwes) has created a similar machine. Neither gadget has been field tested and both groups of storm chasers are anxious to find tornadoes. At the peak of the worst twister season in decades, Bill shows up at Jo's truck with his prissy fiancee Melissa (Jami Gertz) so Jo can sign divorce papers. Suddenly a twister is spotted. With little hesitation, Bill rejoins the mad rush to reach it in time to activate DOROTHY. Jonas and his team are right behind them. Throughout the day the storms become worse and the rivalrous race becomes more intense. As they continue facing incredible dangers together Jo and Bill find renewed love while poor Melissa finds only an intense desire to get away from these storm-obsessed lunatics.
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Cast & Crew
|Helen Hunt||Jo Harding|
|Bill Paxton||Bill Harding|
|Cary Elwes||Dr. Jonas Miller|
|Lois Smith||Aunt Meg|
|Philip Seymour Hoffman||Dusty|
|Jake Busey||Mobile Lab Technician|
|Taylor Gilbert||Bryce, NSSL Scientist|
|Bruce Wright||Murphy, NSSL Scientist|
|Anneke De Bont||Farm Girl|
|Gary England||TV Meteorologist|
|Patrick Fischler||The Communicator|
|Jennifer L. Hamilton||Drive-In Girl|
|Eric LaRay Harvey||Eric|
|Dan Kelpine||Diner Mechanic|
|Jeff Lazalier||TV Meteorologist|
|J. Dean Lindsay||Dean|
|Samantha McDonald||Drive-In Girl|
|Rick Mitchell||TV Meteorologist|
|John Thomas Rhyne||Paramedic|
|Alexa Vega||Jo, 5 Years Old|
|Jan de Bont||Director|
|Michael E. Burke||Special Effects|
|Stephen Campanelli||Camera Operator|
|Matthew Carlisle||Asst. Director|
|Risa Bramon Garcia||Casting|
|Jack N. Green||Cinematographer|
|James M. Halty||Stunts|
|Warren Hamilton||Sound Editor|
|Laurie MacDonald||Executive Producer|
|Mark Mancina||Score Composer|
|Steve Maslow||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Ellen Mirojnick||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Gerald R. Molen||Executive Producer|
|Jerry Molen||Executive Producer|
|Joseph C. Nemec||Production Designer|
|Richard Oswald||Asst. Director|
|Walter Parkes||Executive Producer|
|Geoffrey Patterson||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Steven Spielberg||Executive Producer|
|Patrick M. Sullivan||Set Decoration/Design|
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As I said in the headline, this blu-ray doesn't appear to be any sharper or less grainy than the DVD. If you own the DVD, I wouldn't bother buying this.
I watched this movie to see Helen Hunt. And she plays her part well. But the star of this movie is the Twister and the effects it has on it surroundings. The special effects are great. I have heard some people say that the plot is not great....There is a love story, a healing of a pscological trauma and the story of what it is like to be a storm chaser.....So I think there is a plot with sub-plots involved. But when all is said and done, the twister steals the show.
Twister was outstanding. There was a lot of action. It was definitely 2 thumbs up.
This movie is so so amazing and the characters and special effects are stunning and thrilling. The twister parts are so cool. I love the noise!! I can see why it is PG13!!!!!!!!!!!!!
When the wind stops blowing, you might say, ''Twister'' starts to. Some pretty terrific extreme- weather scenes (which nevertheless could've been scarier if the filmmakers made the scenes a little more ragged and chaotic, as though they were filming actual tornadoes) are the ''good parts'' that are the viewer's reward for sitting through a dull soap-opera plot about two soon-to- be-divorced storm chasers. There may be a very talented cast here, but you'd never be able to tell (aside from Phillip Seymour Hoffman in a relatively early role--he's the only tolerable one in the bunch). Aside from that, there are wall-to-wall improbabilities that try the patience even more and leave no doubt you're watching a Hollywood blockbuster that can't be bothered with telling a credible story. Why else would a killer storm with 300-mph winds suck up an 18-wheeler off the highway but leave the two lead characters unscathed (not to mention that it can disintegrate a house but can't even ruffle the grass 50 feet away from the funnel cloud)?
I liked Twister because for one, he takes place in Oklahoma where I live, and two, because it tells of a natural disaster that people in the Tornado Alley get. This is a great movie that tells the truth of tornadoes. Of course, many parts are not real(like the cow) but it adds the visual affect needed to get the point across on wind speed and such.
I dont know what it is, I'm freaked out by tornadoes, and yet I love movies about them. This movie, was by far the best twister movie ever(not that there have been many). There was really good acting in this movie, and good special effects. Go out and see this movie!
As a storm chaser, its not very realistic, yet seeing all the similarities between the movie and the reality make this movie one of my favorites of all time.
This is a really good movie! I really enjoyed the special effects and the actors.
This is by far one of my favorite weather movies. The entire movie is just captivating and thrilling. I never get tired of seeing this movie! There is no words to describe this movie besides a must see and a must have in your movie collection.