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20 years ago this week, the action movie Twister was released in movie theaters. Starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton as stormchasers trying to get their tornado analysis equipment into the path of a tornado, this movie blends action, humor, with just a little bit of plot thrown in for good measure.
My review of the movie from 1996 gave it a rating of "Good" and I encouraged everyone to see the movie in a theater with a big picture and digital sound. Given its reliance on action over plot, I'm pretty sure that such a recommendation still rings true. I haven't seen the movie in quite some time, and I've got it on Blu-ray, so I'll have to pop it in soon and see how it stands the test of time.
If you haven't seen it, or it's been a while since you have, give it a look! You can buy it on Blu-ray from Gift Shop merchant Amazon.com for $6.99 currently, and it's also available as part of a 3-movie package with Poseidon and The Perfect Storm in case you're interested in a deal on natural disaster movies.
If you have some free time this weekend, be sure to check out the 20th Anniversary party being thrown in Wakita, Oklahoma, which was used as a location in the movie. The Twister the Movie Museum posted the following message on their Facebook page about the event:
Speaking of tornado-related videos, real-life stormchaser and meteorologist Reed Timmer got up-close to a tornado that touched down near Wray, Colorado recently, and it's some of the best tornado footage I've seen:
From what I can tell by reading news reports, this was a relatively tame EF-2 tornado and not the "finger of God" faced by the characters in the movie, but the footage is incredible nonetheless. If you want to experience something like this, it's much better to watch a movie than chasing one of these down yourself. Leave the stormchasing to the professionals, who have windshield repair places on speed-dial!
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Lingering storm: Revisit Wakita 20 years after 'Twister'
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