Review Date: November 24, 2000
Director: Jan de Bont
Writer: Anne-Marie Martin, Michael Crichton
Producers: Ian Bryce, Michael Crichton, Kathleen Kennedy
Of course, I wasn't expecting it to give OUT OF AFRICA a run for its money, but even many of the special effects looked VERY PHONY! (especially the explosions...just plain embarassing). I was actually quite down on the film until its final half hour, which did ROCK, quite some! Saving it from crap-on-a-stickness.
Still though, weak characterizations is what killed most of these DISASTER/EVENT pics, and the same applies here. They tried REAL HARD to make it look like it was exciting stuff, but basically, I felt like it was a bunch of losers running around after wind-storms.
And what's with the "bad guy" tornado chasers? C'MON!
Here's what DeBont seems to have given Philip Seymour Hoffman as his MOTIVATION as an actor for this film:
"Philip....just ACT EXCITED....REALLY EXCITED IN EVERY SCENE!!! Go nuts...be happy and be really STOKED at anything you hear about storms!".
Ugh. Not even a passable popcorn pic, I'm afraid. The good news is that Bill Paxton & Helen Hunt don't embarass themselves...
Stars Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeremy Davies, Cary Elwes and Jamie Gertz (where the heck has she been?!)