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Opened in Theaters: Friday, May 10th, 1996

Directed by Jan de Bont
Genre: Suspense/Thriller
Running Time: 1:45

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A TV weatherman and former stormchaser tracks down his stormchaser wife to sign their divorce papers so he can marry his new girlfriend, and gets pulled into chasing just "one more twister." In the...  View more >

intense depiction of very bad weather

Starring Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes...  View more >

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[--- Good ---]by VIP MemberAug 14, 2003
Twister is a movie that you definitely want to see in the theater (especially one showing it in one of the three digital sound formats), or at home with a good home theater system. If you watch it on a 20" TV through the little 3-inch speakers, you're not going to like this movie!

As with many (almost all) action movies, the special effects are great and the plot pales in comparison. Twister is no exception. The visual and sound effects in this movie rank among the best I've seen in quite some time. During the tornado "chase" scenes, I found myself ducking when the errant farm implement flew my way. The separate surround channels in the DTS Digital presentation I attended added to the effect, since you could hear debris flying on every side of you!

Unfortunately, the plot wasn't as good as the effects. They had the makings for a good story, but it never got to the point where you were deeply involved in the plight of the characters in the story. There were no Academy Award-winning performances here...

Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton do a good job with the script they were given, and even Jami Gertz did a fine performance as the fiance that is completely clueless when it comes to the people and events surrounding her man's previous life.

The best scene, plot-wise, was the dinner scene at the Aunt's house. This scene was like the dinner scene in While You Were Sleeping, where the activity and conversation is very familiar, and you forget that you're watching a movie, and become involved in the scene. This was the only part of Twister where I forgot that I was watching a movie and got involved to that degree.

But plot isn't what this movie was about... It was billed as an action film with some great tornado scenes, and it doesn't disappoint! I found particular favor with the drive-in scene! :) If I had to compare this movie with another, it would be Speed. It has been compared to Jurassic Park, but Jurassic Park had a better plot line. Speed had the same formula: action first, plot second, but overall, a film worth watching.

Film viewed on May 10, 1996 at South Shore Cinema in DTS Digital sound.
[--- Good ---]by VIP MemberAug 30, 2006
"Twister" is a good movie about Torando Hunter and wh they do. "Twister" does to Torandoes what "Jurassic Park" did to dinosaurs. Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton are torando hunters who go across the mid-west chasing torandos and sometimes they chase them. The complete against a rivial torando hunters for glory. sometimes they win, sometimes Hunt and Paxton win. the ending is very exciting.This is a good movie. You will walk away away with a better understanding about the torandos and the people who chase them.

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