One Sentence Summary: Sparks fly between two exes as they chase tornadoes across the state. So do cows.
Review: So the interweb tells me it’s not cool to like this film. Apparently there is no plot and the science is all wrong.
I don’t care.
There are lots and lots of reasons why this is one of my favourite ever films.
It sounds so simple doesn’t it: two competing outfits race across Oklahoma chasing tornadoes in order to test their new equipment all in the name of science. But there is more – there is the reconciliation romance between Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt’s characters <3, the life/death action scenes and at the heart of the story, Jo’s struggle to beat the tornado to “avenge” her father’s death.
Bill Paxton. Helen Hunt.
And the whole gang of merry men (and women) who would go on to have starring roles in other films. I love the way they all play off each other and make you believe they’ve been a “family” for years.
Fleetwood Mac. FLEETWOOD MAC. Do I need to go on?
Okay, how about the fact that this was what introduced me to Van Halen.
How by Lisa Loeb. Love Affair by K.D. Lang. Mark Knopfler. Eric Clapton. Goo Goo Dolls.
The AWESOME score by Mark Mancina. It really makes you feel like you are out there on the roads chasing Twisters.
The Special Effects
I’m sorry but you have to remember this was 1996. TWENTY YEARS AGO. Of course if they made it now the CGI would be more realistic. But this was the 90s. This is as realistic as it could get and it does a good darn job at convincing you you’re seeing tornadoes.
Jo: [cow flies by in the storm while in Bill’s truck] Cow.
[cow flies by in the storm]
Jo: another cow.
Bill: Actually I think that was the same one.
Melissa: When you used to tell me that you chase tornadoes, deep down I thought it was just a metaphor.
So many other one-liners I could quote from the film.
Plus it was one of the first films I ever remember seeing in the cinema.
I do not apologise for loving this film.