Monday, 8 February 2016

Twister Review


Release Date: 30th May 1996 - Australia 

Production Companies 
Universal Pictures (present)
Warner Bros. Pictures (present)
Amblin Entertainment 

Universal Pictures Australia 

Genre: Action

Rating: PG

Runtime: 108 minutes 

Budget: $92,000,000

Box Office Gross: $494,471,524 

Plot Summary
TV weatherman Bill Harding 
is trying to get his tornado-
hunter wife, Jo, to sign the 
divorce papers so he can 
marry his girlfriend Melissa. 
But Mother Nature, in the 
form of a series of intense 
storms sweeping across 
Oklahoma, has other plans. 
Soon the three have joined 
a team of stormchasers as 
they attempt to insert a 
revolutionary measuring 
device into the very heart 
of several extremely violent 

Helen Hunt - Dr. Jo Harding
Bill Paxton - Bill Harding
Jami Gertz - Dr. Melissa Reeves
Cary Elwes - Dr. Jonas Miller
Phillip Seymour Hoffman - Dustin Davis
Lois Smith - Meg Greene
Alan Nurrick - Robert 'Rabbit'
Sean Whalen - Allan Sanders
Scott Thomson - Jason
'Preacher' Rowe
Todd Field - Tim 'Beltzer' Lewis
Joey Slotnick - Joey
Wendle Josphener - Haynes
Jeremy Davies - Laurence
Zach Greiner - Eddie
Gregory Sporleder - Willie
Alexa Vega - Young Jo
Richard Lineback - Mr. Thornton
Rusty Schwimmer - Mrs. Thornton

Director - Jan De Bont
Writer/Producer - Michael Crichton 
Writers - Anne Marie Martin and
Joss Whedon (Uncredited)
Executive Producers - Steven 
Spielberg, Walter Parkes,
Laurie MacDonald and Gerald R. Molen
Producers - Kathleen Kennedy
and Ian Bryce
Production Designer - Joseph Nemec III
Director of Photography - Jack N. Green
Special Effects Supervisor - John Fraizer
Visual Effects Supervisor - Stefan Fangmeier
Digital Tornado Designers - Habib Zargarpour 
and Henry LaBounta
Film Editor - Michael Kahn
Music - Mark Mancina


1997 Academy Awards
Best Sound - Steve Maslow, Gregg Landaker, 
Kevin O'Connell and Geoffrey Patterson (Nominated)
Best Visual Effects - Stefen Fangmeier, John Fraizer, 
Habib Zargarpour and Henry LaBounta (Nominated)

Since the early 1980s, disaster films were slow to become popular with fans as a result of a few unsuccessful disaster movies (save for the comical spoof AIRPLANE or was known internationally as FLYING HIGH) that they have been greatly let down by disappointing box office takings. Even before release, these films were destined for failure due to bad script-writing, stale acting and some low quality visuals. The subgenre experienced its resurgence in the year of 1996 with two movies that would soon revitalise the trend, films such as TWISTER and INDEPENDENCE DAY (click here) which were lauded for innovative special effects. Reviewers complained about the plotting and character development. This could not stop the moviegoers from seeing the modern classics in theatres and both films went on to make big money. 

After director Jan De Bont became highly successful for his hit blockbuster SPEED (click here), he had partnered with author Michael Critchton of JURASSIC PARK fame and Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg to co-develop TWISTER as his next film. Some people might say the film was written by chimpanzees, in my opinion however, I feel the minor faults in this film can be tolerated due to all the other strengths the movie has which by far outnumber the weaknesses. Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt portrayed the storm chaser couple who would soon be divorced and the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman was in a great supporting role and amused audiences with his upbeat energy and cheeky humour.

It's been years since I watched this film and I don't mind TWISTER and enjoyed re-watching it. TWISTER is by no means a landmark film however, it is certainly not a disappointment as some negative reviewers claim. 

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie

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