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Twister
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05.28.2008 By: Sturdy
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Director:
Jan de Bont

Actors:
Bill Paxton
Helen Hunt
Cary Elwes

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A recently separated, storm chasing couple are reunited when a series of tornadoes rip through the Midwest. In an effort to learn more about the deadly storms, they risk their lives in order to save others.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Iíll start right off by saying that TWISTER is not a good movie. The acting is really bad, thereís pretty much zero plot and the dialogue has some serious rough patches. With all that said, much like ARMAGEDDON, this is not a movie to be taken seriously. Itís a film to sit back, get your popcorn ready and prepare to be entertained from start to finish.

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.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Jan de Bont and Stefen Fangmeier: This was a fun track to listen to as these two keep the pace rolling with plenty of interesting facts and tidbits. I was pleasantly surprised at how fast they kept things coming and with the lack of down time. This is definitely worth the listen if you enjoyed the film.

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.

There are also some Previews
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Some movies are made to appeal to an artistic side of fans, others are made purely for entertainment purposes. This one fits into the latter. I know itís bad, but I still really enjoy watching TWISTER, and this Blu-ray makes it that much more fun.
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