Jan de Bont
Iím not going to pick TWISTER apart and complain about how hokey it is. Of course itís a little ridiculous. Thereís obviously no way two people could survive by tying themselves to a pipe with a belt while the eye of a tornado passes over them. But if you get hung up on crap like that, the fun will pass you by. If you want a documentary, watch the Discovery Channel. If you want to have a good time and enjoy some exciting tornado action, watch TWISTER.
The one bright spot as far as performances go, comes from Phillip Seymore Hoffman. This is the first role most people associate with him. Heís fantastic in everything he does and he sticks out like a sore thumb in this film. That happens when youíre the only one with actual acting talent. There are also a couple of good one-liners, but for the most part, the twisters are the star of the film.
Even though Iíve seen this film about a dozen times, I still find myself having a blast while watching it. The visuals and sound are incredibly impressive on this Blu-ray version and this is really the only way a movie like this should be viewed. On a personal note, I was in Kansas when I first saw this film in the theater and after we left, the sky got dark and it began to rain heavily. On the way home, I saw my first tornado in the distance. That has no impact on my opinion of the film, but I thought it was a cool and ironic fact nonetheless.
Chasing the Storm; Twister Revisited (28:58): This featurette focused on the characters and the plot of the film. In my opinion, those were the two weak points, so I didnít think they needed a featurette. The effects provided the meal ticket and they werenít really mentioned. This is ok, but I found it to be a little boring.
Making of Twister (13:51): This is something you would have seen in 1996 on TV before the film. Itís a fluff piece trying to get you to go see the film. There were too many movie clips and all the interviews were generic.
Anatomy of a Twister (8:31): This is another fluff piece, but at least this one focuses on the effects in the film. The talk about making the destruction as close to reality as possible and then show you a bunch of clips.
Nature Tech: Tornadoes (45:18): Now this is where itís at! This is a history channel feature about Tornadoes. It talks about how they form, where they occur and give some examples. I loved this and found it very interesting. If you like rain storms and tornadoes, this is for you.
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