(Copyright 1996. All rights reserved.)

The Tattoo

--- Making a Permanent Impression Since 1994 ---

July 15, 1996

--- Movie Review ---

'Twister' spins out of control

The Tattoo

It seems like every time I turn on the television lately,
someone is going on and on about the wonderful
special effects in the new summer blockbuster

Since I am interested in the workings and the
destructive habits of natural phenomena such as
tornadoes, I had to see it.

Everything people said was true. The effects used to
create huge tornadoes and debris were amazing.

In any case, they were a definite step up from the
former tornado technology, such as the one used in
"The Wizard of Oz."

But I just wasn't convinced.

In the movie, Helen Hunt and her co-star, Bill Paxton,
survive a series of four potentially fatal tornadoes, all
of which traveled directly over their heads.

During one, they were sheltered by a rickety wooden
bridge , another by just a truck they were in, which
did several rotations but never lifted off the ground.

But the last one was the hardest to believe.

The two co-stars ran with the twister at their heels
through a field. Even though the tornado was moving
large metal objects all around them, neither star got
tossed about.

In one last final act of total fantasy, the co-stars
survived an F-5, the strongest of all tornadoes, tied
simply to iron pipes by leather straps, even though
entire buildings were flying away with the greatest of

I will admit that the special effects were entertaining,
but did anyone who made or reviewed this movie
realize that most of the events that shape the plot are
physically impossible?

While the story could keep a viewer interested, it
detracts from the plot if what is going on seems
unreal, especially when it's supposed to be true to the
lives or real tornado chasers.

If you like a good love story or action movie, and
don't care if it makes sense or not, "Twister" will not
be a waste of your $6.75.

But if you want to see the real gut-wrenching drama
and fatalities that go along with the destruction a true
tornado brings, don't even bother.

If you want to see what real-life tornado chasers do,
which doesn't have anything to do with risking life
and limb by putting themselves in the path of death,
National Geographic can tell you all about it.

There may not be a love story involved, and people
might die, but at least it's true to life.