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Glen Powell offers hot, silly fun for the summer

Glen Powell offers hot, silly fun for the summer

No one really knows what causes tornadoes, or at least that’s what I’m told in the wonderfully entertaining legacy sequel. Hurricanes. As Glen Powell’s self-styled “hurricane chaser” Tyler Owens gazes out in wonder at the approaching storm, he explains to his scribbling British reporter (Harry Hadden-Paton) and his crew of outlaw YouTubers that following the science of humidity and wind shear only gets you so far, and after that, it’s an act of faith. The same can be said about making a Hollywood blockbuster. A producer puts all the elements in place — the director, the script, the cast, the marketing — and then it either soars or fizzles. The box office is yet to be determined, but I’m happy to say that as a film, Hurricanes One of the best movies to watch during the summer months.

Written by Mark L. Smith (Resurrection, Children on the Boat) From a “story” by Joseph Kosinski (Tron Legacy, Best Weapon: Maverick) and directed by Lee Isaac Chung (more on that in a moment), Hurricanes It is of course based on the IP of the 1996 storm-chasing action-adventure film HurricaneIt’s not really a sequel; it’s not really a remake; it’s just The next generationIn either case, one cannot help but imagine: Legendary story James Cameron’s own Foreign Overcome by the producers’ discontent, they wrote the word ALIENS on a piece of paper, then added another dash, turning it into ALIEN$.

Indeed, this new film is aware of its own absurdity, and there are several references to it. The Wizard of Oz and plenty of reminders from TV meteorologists about “a tornado epidemic seen in generations!” There are trailer-ready jokes, like a frantic character in a movie theater yelling, “This theater wasn’t built to withstand what’s coming!” and a girl snidely quipping, “This isn’t my first rodeo,” while at a rodeo, and in both cases the lines make perfect sense within the context of the story. Hurricanes It has a “let’s not take this too seriously” vibe, although of course there are real risks, like trucks crashing into buildings and occasionally people being grabbed by the Hand of God and thrown to a gruesome death.

Glenn Powell stars as Tyler in the TV series ‘Twisters.’

Lee Isaac Chung


The film opens during one such tornado attack. A group of students are chasing a tornado to conduct an experiment that could be turned into a tool to suppress dangerous weather conditions in the future if the data confirms their theory. They are basically led by Kate (Daisy Edgar-Jones). The MatrixShe’s “It” when it comes to weather. But one miscalculation and—whhhooooOOOOOAAAAAAH! Most of Kate’s classmates get swallowed whole and spit out in the next borough. Five years later, Kate works for a weather agency in New York City, a place fraught with danger but with very few tornadoes compared to Oklahoma.

When Javi (Anthony Ramos), the sole survivor of her college experiment, reveals that he’s created some new trinkets that, if properly triangulated around a hurricane, could fundamentally change the science of storms and climate change, she forces him to return to the field. to save a lifeKate says no, no, no, until she clearly says yes, and the action swings back to center.

But in the years since he left, storm-chasing tourism has surged, with busloads of thrill-seekers flocking to Oklahoma to see the deadly weather with their own eyes. Encouraged by the aforementioned Tyler Owens and the yee-hawing maniacs, “Ghost Riders in the Sky“While they were livestreaming their pranks, shooting off fireworks and acting like idiots, Handsome Javi and his earnest scientists hiss to themselves, including Javi’s business partner Scott, played by David Corenswet, who is entertaining as a hulking puppet but doesn’t exactly offer a preview of his impending return as Superman.

Daisy Edgar-Jones stars as Kate in the TV series ‘Twisters’.

Lee Isaac Chung


But naturally there is something wrong Hurricanes(This isn’t really a spoiler; it’s pretty obvious from the first images.) Javi’s group may not be as altruistic as they first appear, and Tyler, on camera, may not be as full of empty talk either, which becomes apparent after a few whirlwind adventures, including one incident during a good-old-fashioned flag-waving rodeo.

Hurricanes Directed by Lee Isaac Chung, whose latest film is a character-driven little masterpiece MinariThere’s nothing in this film, about an intergenerational group of South Korean immigrants who migrate to the American Midwest. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture and earning Youn Yuh-jung a Best Supporting Actress Oscar, that suggests Chung will be moving into special effects-driven action-adventure films. (She did, however, direct an episode in the third season Mandalorian.) But sometimes talent is talent, no matter what kind. ‘Hurricanes’ scenario stupid, characterizations played flat. The Kate-Tyler-Javi relationship triangle really works, and that’s entirely thanks to the performances. In less capable hands, this could all have fallen flat.

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Chung also has a distinct fondness for the Midwest. Vibrating with the elements on a strange molecular level, Kate communes with the swaying wheat and bulbous clouds, and we witness it, but it’s not visualized in an overly garish way. Chung could easily have gone for glimpses inside Kate’s mind, the way Christopher Nolan showed the sparking electrons in J. Robert Oppenheimer’s head, but he wisely holds back. The film is silly enough on its own, and the scenery does the work for it. Kate and Tyler’s first date to the rodeo doubles as a fix-it measure to show them the “best” of the region after seeing the devastation caused by the ubiquitous storms.

Daisy Edgar-Jones and Glen Powell in the movie ‘Twisters’.

Lee Isaac Chung


If I have a complaint Hurricanes (aside from the general “just get on with it” nonsense), many great supporting actors don’t get much time to shine. Tyler’s team includes Sasha Lane (Loki, American Honey), Katy O’Brian (Mandalorian, Love is Bleeding), Brandon Perea (No), and others, and I suspect a few group scenes were cut. Only Tunde Adebimpe’s character as the gang’s obsessive “weather geek” (the actual term of a friend of mine who studied meteorology in college) makes a real impression, especially during a scene where a pattern change takes place should fears for his life, but instead shouts “I know what that’s called!!” (He witnesses this event) Fujiwhara effect(In case you were wondering.)

It’s a note of grace often missing from summer blockbusters, but thankfully it keeps cropping up everywhere HurricanesThere’s a ton of technical jargon that you have to believe in, but Jones and Powell more than sell it; they make it compelling. By the end of the movie, you really do believe that, yes, these two can lead science to a future where hurricanes can kill (did I mention that’s stupid? Stupid!) and that diving in to help a town about to be leveled by a storm is the smart thing to do, even if our heroes are all yelling “everyone inside!”

But you have to go inside: to a theater show Hurricanes This summer. Grade A-