- 1 hr 53 min
As the title suggests, Twister is a movie about tornadoes. However, it is not just your typical disaster movie. It's a thrilling, action-packed ride that keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. The story follows Jo and Bill, two storm chasers who are trying to collect data on tornadoes in order to create a more advanced warning system. Jo, played by Helen Hunt, is a seasoned veteran in the field of storm chasing. She is obsessed with tornadoes, driven by a traumatic experience from her childhood where a tornado killed her father. Bill, played by Bill Paxton, is a former storm chaser who has just come back to the field after a two-year absence. He is a weatherman who wants to better understand and predict tornadoes to help save lives.
Their paths cross when Jo and her team intercept Bill's team as they are about to launch their own mission. The two teams end up joining forces in what becomes a dangerous, adrenaline-fueled chase after a series of massive tornadoes that have been wreaking havoc across the Midwest.
Along the way, we are introduced to a variety of colorful supporting characters, including Jo's nerdy and lovable truck driver Dustin (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman), who provides comic relief amidst the chaos. We also meet Jonas (played by Cary Elwes), a rival storm chaser who is more interested in fame and fortune than in actual science.
The special effects in Twister are truly impressive. The tornadoes are rendered in stunning detail, with incredible attention paid to the nuances of their movement and behavior. There are scenes where the tornadoes seem to have a life of their own, almost like they are characters in the movie.
The action sequences in Twister are some of the best in any disaster movie. The tornadoes are so powerful and destructive that they become almost like monsters, capable of tearing apart entire towns and wreaking havoc on the landscape. There are scenes where Jo and Bill are almost directly in the path of the tornadoes, and the tension is almost unbearable. The movie does an excellent job of conveying just how terrifying and awe-inspiring these natural phenomena can be.
However, what really sets Twister apart from other disaster movies is the human element. The characters are not just one-dimensional caricatures meant to be disposable casualties of the storm. Jo and Bill are both deeply flawed, driven by their own obsessions and traumas. We see their relationship evolve throughout the movie, from ex-spouses who still have feelings for each other, to partners who depend on each other for survival.
Twister is a remarkable movie that is both thrilling and emotionally resonant. It balances action and drama in a way that few other movies can. It is a testament to the power of nature and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming odds.
Twister is a 1996 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 53 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.4 and a MetaScore of 68.