Directed by: Jan de Bont
Starring: Bill Paxton, Helen Hunt, Cary Elwes
Twister barely counts as a disaster movie, at least in comparison in scale to the rest of these, but it certainly does share one important element with the rest of these movies: It’s terrible and has the exact same cast of stock characters reacting in exactly the same way to the exact same events. Also it’s got Phillip Seymour Hoffman as a stoner tornado scientist, which is weird.
So the story is that Bill Paxton is an ex-tornado hunter who spends the whole time hunting tornadoes with his ex, Helen Hunt. They’ve developed a device that will be able to map out exactly how a tornado works, and this will allow them to more accurately predict when tornadoes will form, thus saving lives. There’s an evil, corporate sellout tornado hunter who’s trying to do the exact same thing, but he wants money, so… well, he’s evil, obviously. In the end, they get it to work and… I guess tornadoes are done forever.
There’s really no point in even watching this movie. The tepid story is not only not suspenseful in the least, but is so boring that even if you didn’t know the ending right off the bat, you wouldn’t care. Still, as far as I can tell, there’s one good thing that came out of this movie; a weird little short story from a weird little blog that I follow called “Girls Are Pretty” which mentions the fact that the only thing anybody remembers about this movie is a flying cow. Check it out, it’s a much more worthwhile use of time than actually dedicating hours of your life to watch people drive after tornadoes.