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‘Twisters’: Review | Reviews | Screen

‘Twisters’: Review | Reviews | Screen

Director: Lee Isaac Chung. USA. 2024. 122min

Storms are more attractive than the people who chase them HurricanesIt’s a slow-burn disaster movie that lacks the sexual chemistry and silly fun of the 1996 original. Daisy Edgar-Jones and Glen Powell star as rival storm chasers who risk their lives tracking the unpredictable patterns of hurricanes, but the stars fail to generate much spark. Meanwhile, director Lee Isaac Chung makes the mistake of taking this escapist fare too seriously, resulting in a potential blockbuster that looks great on the big screen but rarely exhibits the unbridled enthusiasm of the film’s powerful storms.

It offers the simple but undeniable pleasures of the disaster genre

It will be released in the UK on July 17 via Warner Bros. and in the US on July 19 via Universal Hurricanes hopes to reach commercial heights Hurricane It was appreciated 28 years ago. (In 1996, it was the second highest grossing film of the year in America, Independence Day.) None HurricaneThe return of the stars in what the studios describe as a “new chapter” will be amazing, but the main concept that remains unchanged must be extremely appealing to audiences.

Five years ago, Kate (Edgar-Jones) was a member of a storm chasing club in Oklahoma—until a violent tornado killed her boyfriend and the rest of their group. Now working a much safer job in front of a computer screen for the National Weather Service in New York, Kate tries to put the tragedy behind her. However, she is drawn back home by fellow survivor Javi (Anthony Ramos), who believes he has discovered a way to more accurately measure tornadoes. Working together and determined to help Oklahoma residents get advance warning before a tornado hits, the duo encounters Tyler (Powell), a brash, would-be tornado herder who has become a YouTube sensation by documenting his storm-chasing pranks online.

Directed by Jan de Bont, the 1996 film stars Helen Hunt and the late Bill Paxton as an ex-married couple who reunite one last time to track their shared obsession: deadly hurricanes. As in the new film, produced by Steven Spielberg, Hurricane It contained a blend of giddy excitement and quiet awe that recalled the Oscar-winning director’s best popcorn movies, a joyful showmanship missing from the new film.

Chung, who previously directed the Oscar-winning, heartfelt indie drama MinariIt aims to tell a slightly darker story than the one in Hurricanealbeit with generous, showy aid. Indeed, Hurricanes standing back and marveling at the awesome power of these hurricanes, the film offers the simple but undeniable pleasures of the disaster genre. HurricaneThe effects were groundbreaking for its time, and this new film shows just how much more sophisticated the technology has become nearly three decades later. Those towering, menacing funnel clouds are endlessly fascinating.

Unfortunately, the flirtatious friction that’s supposed to develop between Kate (the all-business scientist) and Tyler (the walking daredevil) never really develops into anything particularly memorable. Powell provides the smirking, handsome charm we’ve come to expect. Hitman And Anyone But Youbut there’s not much to the character’s bravado, despite screenwriter Mark L Smith’s suggestions that Tyler is a deep-down thoughtful, intelligent individual. Edgar-Jones struggles to convince as someone who is said to have ‘a gift’ for tracking the movement of storms, and Kate doesn’t come across as particularly striking or dynamic. Her cocky attitude to Tyler’s charms isn’t particularly polished, and their initially prickly relationship – which eventually blossoms into mutual respect – lacks the crackle that might hint at a potential romance.

Like Helen Hunt Hurricane character, Kate, is living with demons — that is, the memory of the deaths of those she cares about. And while neither film can be accurately described as delving into the human psyche, Hurricanes spends more time than its predecessor trying to make viewers care about its heroes’ clichéd backstories. (Tyler has an equally boring and troubled past, and he has a catchphrase for coming to terms with his traumas: “You don’t face your fears, you outgrow them.”)

Clearly, this emphasis on character psychology is meant to distinguish Hurricanes It’s from the previous film, which features visual gags like the cows being sucked into the vortex of the tornado, but also has a shamelessly silly streak. Hurricanes Chung prefers a more measured approach, as he is interested in the science of hurricanes and still puzzles scientists about exactly how they work after all these years. Growing up in the dangerous “Tornado Alley” of the central United States, both Hurricane And Hurricanes set, there’s a sympathetic appreciation for their ability to crush defenseless communities. But Chung’s desire to add a touch of realism belies what is essentially low-nutrient entertainment about massive storms wreaking havoc on small towns and picking off everything in their path. Read more Hurricanes The more weight you target, the more hot air you produce.

Production company: Amblin Entertainment

International distribution: Warner Bros. Pictures / US distribution: Universal Pictures

Producers: Frank Marshall, Patrick Crowley

Screenplay: Mark L. Smith, story by Joseph Kosinski, based on characters created by Michael Crichton and Anne-Marie Martin

Cinematographer: Dan Mindel

Production design: Patrick Sullivan

Editor: Terilyn A. Shropshire

Music: Benjamin Wallfisch

Starring: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Glen Powell, Anthony Ramos, Brandon Perea, Maura Tierney, Sasha Lane