Warner Bros. Pictures | Release Date: May 10, 1996
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MovieGuysApr 23, 2014
One of my personal favorites, Twister wows us with it's special effects and great CGI. Yeah, the ending might be a little cheesy, but what do you expect, it's Hollywood! Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt have great chemistry, and the addition of theOne of my personal favorites, Twister wows us with it's special effects and great CGI. Yeah, the ending might be a little cheesy, but what do you expect, it's Hollywood! Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt have great chemistry, and the addition of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his funniest roles make this movie. Expand
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KDDec 13, 2005
This movie kicks ass from beginning to end. great special effects great action great story, great everything.
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MovieLonely94Oct 27, 2010
why won't we let God's hand piss us off with a lot of incredible movies including this one. Twister is a neat movie with very rad visuals and very hilarious acting.
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GavinCAug 10, 2009
A great thriller with a bit of romance and plenty of education.
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LucyKNov 26, 2005
This is a successful thriller; action packed, well timed, and great acting.
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beingryanjudeSep 1, 2014
A great, thrilling piece of film--and the only one of its kind. Films surrounding natural disasters come and go each year, but you'll find yourself always comparing those to Twister. Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton at their best!
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Masseffectfan1Apr 24, 2012
May well be the best film ever made, everything about it is amazing you love storms or tornadoes then twister is for you! also the special effects in this film are superb outstanding and still show up well today despite the film being made in 1996
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SpangleMar 9, 2017
In 2017, a film such as Twister being made would be pretty inconceivable. It is a big-budget film that basically feels as though it was a film made to just build up anticipation for a future ride at Universal Studios. Yes, it did become aIn 2017, a film such as Twister being made would be pretty inconceivable. It is a big-budget film that basically feels as though it was a film made to just build up anticipation for a future ride at Universal Studios. Yes, it did become a ride at Universal Studios, but it feels more akin to the movie being mere marketing for the ride, rather than the ride coming as a result of the movie. A special effects bonanza, Twister is hardly a good film in the typical sense, but it is a good film in its own way. What saves the film is its sense of purpose and scope. It feels like a blockbuster and one that is unafraid to delve into serious topics in honoring the storm chaser profession with costly special effects. While cliche and derivative, the film powers through them and delivers terrific entertainment that is hardly a mindless blockbuster.

Often times, on sites other than Letterboxd, I am accused of hating fun. Big blockbusters are not my thing. Marvel films are hollow parades of predictability and action scenes that exist merely to look cool and show off technology than to actually do anything plot-wise. They are devoid of thrills or entertainment value. The films have just become more like the X Games with guys doing tricks on bikes or the World's Strongest Man re-runs on ESPN with men flexing as they reign in a plane. For those into that, the films are appealing, but it is not my style. Films such as Twister, however, are my style. It special effects, which are tremendous even today, feel built to be experienced first hand. They are a throwback to old school disaster movies with objects flying from every which direction and the characters forced to run to the right and left on a set with real objects, rather than just a green screen. These more stripped down special effects are fun and far more engaging, but also serve a purpose plot-wise. There are no moments where something is thrown in because it looks cool. The twisters are needed. The carnage is needed. Every piece is there because it communicates the scope of these tornadoes and the danger storm chasers find themselves in during the course of their scientific duty. The special effects, therefore, are quite tight and well deployed. This is a film built to impress with great effects, but its effects create well earned tension and thrills that deliver splendid entertainment.

The tornadoes, however, are only part of Twister's appeal. It is a blockbuster unafraid to become real. Depicting the real damage of tornadoes, the film develops tremendous stakes. Watching the storm chasers trying to play these sensors into the tornado is given incredible purpose as it would allow them to create a new warning system to give people more time to get to safety. It would be a life saving discovery and, therefore, essential. This is not some "save the world from whatever" mission, this is a small increase in warning time, but an essential step for the citizens of the area nonetheless. Thus, while the special effects and tornadoes do look quite "cool", they are also weirdly haunting. As they tear across the country side, you can feel the fear and anticipation of the citizens and the storm chasers as it bears down on populated areas throughout Oklahoma. While the film does not develop these random citizens at all (nor should it), the film is blessed with the fact that it is real because it immediately makes the destruction and human suffering feel real. It gives the film great stakes, but also great scope and purpose with the mission these people are on carrying great importance and weight.

That said, the film does suffer from its stock characters. From the married couple who used to be partners at work, but are now separated and one having a new spouse who simply does not "get" their passion, the film's romantic center is doomed to be cliche. A loud and obnoxious comic relief stock character, a stock supporting character that will clearly wind up in danger, a bad backstory and family tragedy, a useless "villain", and a typical cast of unrecognizable character actors in small roles that help to chase storms, accompany the film's poor romantic set-up. In focusing on its special effects, Twister did forget to build worthwhile characters, but fortunately, this problem is helped and not by the special effects. Rather, the stakes. We do not need much to root for them. We root against the villain because he is a bad storm chaser who does not listen to advice or words of wisdom. His device will fail to help the people in tornado alley. If Bill (Bill Paxton) and Jo (Helen Hunt) get in the right position, however, they can help because they know what they are doing. Regardless of how one-dimensional they are, director Jan De Bont's aforementioned inclusion of the damage caused by a tornado helps to alleviate issues with the characterization as it gives the audience a cause and group of people to easily root for.
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PuciferMay 31, 2013
The film's special effects are effective, even thrilling, but after a while you start to ask yourself why, with all the debris flying through the air, does hardly anybody even get a scratch? And it does seem a rather cynical movie ploy toThe film's special effects are effective, even thrilling, but after a while you start to ask yourself why, with all the debris flying through the air, does hardly anybody even get a scratch? And it does seem a rather cynical movie ploy to posit a series of increasingly violent tornadoes as backdrop to a rather perfunctory marriage reconciliation. Executive produced by Steven Spielberg, and it shows it. But it is a welcome change to build a movie around "scientists" as heroes, and even throw in a rival scientific group (the corporate sell-outs) as the bad guys. Expand
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heromoderApr 21, 2015
A personal favourite, though I gave it a medium rating. It's just so darn exciting, even with the somewhat wooden performance from Bill Paxton. Some rather convincing special effects for the mid-nineties, too.
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ricky1121Oct 8, 2014
Its an okay movie with good special effects. The ending is amazing, but I don't understand how they made it without a scratch! Again, the effects are amazing, and I'll watch again!
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Jim222001Mar 12, 2017
A bit silly and despite being one of late great Bill Paxton's more memorable roles. He has played better characters than a unrealistic tornado chaser who can sense when they are coming. Late Phillip Seymour Hoffman definitely moved on toA bit silly and despite being one of late great Bill Paxton's more memorable roles. He has played better characters than a unrealistic tornado chaser who can sense when they are coming. Late Phillip Seymour Hoffman definitely moved on to better roles as well, than a goofball tornado chasing sidekick.
However the great effects made the film good. Paxton and Helen Hunt (As Good as It Gets) also had some fine chemistry. There's just so many silly things you could list. Like the competition tornado chasers all driving black trucks. "Oh no...evil tornado chasers that steal your ideas."
Who better to play a cocky jerk tornado chaser than Cary Elwes though ?
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homer4presidentMar 28, 2015
Twister provides cool effects but a flat story/characters. The tornado scenes are intense and fun to watch (if at times ludicrous). The human drama element just isn't that interesting though, and we just don't care about these people. It's aTwister provides cool effects but a flat story/characters. The tornado scenes are intense and fun to watch (if at times ludicrous). The human drama element just isn't that interesting though, and we just don't care about these people. It's a terribly average movie, the acting is fine, the script is decent, the story is functional. But when you don't really care about the people in these fire situations, the tension is significantly toned down. This is a fun movie to watch if you have nothing to do. You won't regret seeing it, but you'll step away struggling to remember the details of the plot other than "a tornado destroys everything". Expand
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Evyan2002Jan 24, 2016
Twister is one of the best disaster films out there. It's fun, it's scary, and it's entertaining. Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton were very good actors in the movie
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choomtabi31Apr 27, 2016
Good movie. Good effects. Good acting. Expect the typical character-driven drama cliches. But all in all a decent family friendly disaster movie.

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DeJonFilmCriticJun 13, 2016
An awesome and enjoyable tornado movie that I still love to this day. Twister gives out great visual effects and memorable scenes to entertain the younger and keep older audiences interested.
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MasterRileyApr 22, 2017
Twister is a fantastic movie about a group of friends obsessed with hunting tornados. The special effects are incredible, really creating a lot of spectacle and suspense for the viewer. The characters however are really great too, as they areTwister is a fantastic movie about a group of friends obsessed with hunting tornados. The special effects are incredible, really creating a lot of spectacle and suspense for the viewer. The characters however are really great too, as they are all memorable and make it clear why they are obsessed with doing such dangerous things. Expand
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