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Movie Review Twister blows away reality A storm chasers dream come true is to get close enough to a mile-wide tornado to shoot unique video of natures extreme fury Maybe even take some close-up measurements of the storms surroundings if the situation warrants But never will a chase team be caught racing into the middle of a cornfield toward the heart of a whirling funnel no matter what the prize Yet thats exactly what Twister actors Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt do as professional storm chasers in the debut movie of the 1996 summer season In reality storm chasers consider dirt roads let alone fields of dirt to be death traps as heavy rain can instantly turn them into axle-deep mud bogs trapping chasers and their vehicles in harms way Twister is full of such annoying oversights The husband-and-wife chase team take incredible risks no real storm chaser would dare take thats Hollywood Their blissful ignorance of immediate danger is aided by dumb luck every time they drive right up to each tornado Their goal is to stick a barrel of tiny sensors into the tornados path where they would be sucked into the twister while gathering data needed to improve an early warning system This is plausible cutting-edge science that just might become a realityAs this is happening however objects much much heavier than their truck swing magically around them as if suspended by giant cables from a crane or something while the truck remains firmly planted on solid ground Scene after scene defy the basic physical forces governing motion kind of like Director Jan De Bonts brilliant 20-ton bus leap across a 50-foot opening in a nearly level highway span in his movie Speed Sir Isaac Newton would have slapped a hand to his head and let gravity take over as he fainted in disgust Another blatant oversight is leaving a neon sign brightly lit after a violent tornado thrashes a drive-in movie
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