(This will be a relatively short post this time ’round)
Twister is an American disaster film starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton, with Jami Gertz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lois Smith, Cary Elwes, Alan Ruck, and Zach Grenier. It follows separated couple Jo and Bill Harding who continue and try to get a divorce but are “distracted” by their team and their job as storm chasers in Oklahoma. It was written by Michael Crichton and Ann-Marie Martin. Directed by Jan de Bont (Speed, The Haunting, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life). (Running Time: 113 minutes)(Rated PG-13 intense depiction of very bad weather)
The first thing that comes to mind is near the beginning of the Wizard of Oz–for me, that is. With the farmhands loosing the horses and shouting, “It’s a twister! It’s a twister!” This film by the way does reference the classic film on several occasions. But I sat down and watched it with an open mind I thought it was a good suspense film, depicting realistic tornado disaster. I can actually say I would know, because I had to opportunity to see one, once, not too blocks away from my families house.
One of the main things that kept me interested in the film were the characters. Because the story revolves around a team of storm chasers, you have a team of rascals and hoodlums, all with their own quirky personality. And the actors obviously had fun with their characters. There was one aspect of the story for Helen Hunt’s character that I feel was never resolved–partly because it never was “discovered” during the movie–but I have to definitely say that I was pleased with the way the storm chaser crew was handled.
Twister opened extremely well at the box office and well with critics. It went on to gross $494 million dollars at the box office on a large budget of $90 million, becoming the second highest grossing film of that year, behind another disaster/action film, Independence Day. It was nominated for two Academy Awards.
All in all, I would give Twister a high-ish 3 out of 7 stars. Perhaps it isn’t a highly-acclaimed film of mine, but I certainly was entertained with it. It had good suspense, fun characters, and was always upbeat, with some well-timed pacing. If you are in the mood for a disaster film and happen to pick this one, be ready for a good ride!