Tornado\! Film Details
Overview: An accountant sent to produce an evaluation of a tornado research project, and the scientist running the project pursue tornadoes and each other.
Tagline: Hell has no fury like a twister.
Review: Tornado!… …you know, I really hate it when movie names have exclamation points in the titles. Like, what’s the point? To add emphasis, to make it pop more? Is the audience member reading the VHS cover supposed to shout it in order to pronounce it properly? No, it’s not pronounced “tornado”, it’s “TORNADO!!!”, at the top of your lungs. Though, I think the proper reason as to why an exclamation point is in the title is to symbolize the shock of a tornado finally appearing in this film. You’re sitting through this plaintive film that slithers at a snails pace, and you’re sitting on the couch with your shirt off playing Angry Birds because there’s absolutely nothing remotely interesting occurring on screen, and FINALLY a tornado shows up. So, it’s like “hey, a Tornado!” because it’s such a shock that a tornado finally appears in a film called Tornado!. Exclamation point, period? How do I write that? “!.” or just “!” since it’s the end of the sentence? See, it’s just stupid. Tornado(!) is a 1996 TV movie meant to blatantly cash in and rip off Twister, which came out two weeks before this film premiered. It happens to actually star some notable people, like Bruce Campbell, Ernie Hudson, and LQ Jones, among others. There have been some internet testimonies of people claiming this film actually played in some theaters, but it’s never officially been confirmed and I dread anyone who paid money to watch this on the big screen. For people who hated Twister, I dare you to watch Tornado!. Its biggest flaw is that it’s dull. So, so dull. Every time you think a tornado is about to appear, it just cuts to black and opens up to the next day. You’re sitting at the edge of your seat, finally relieved that something is about to happen…and then it just cuts to somewhere else. It’s basically the proto-Godzilla (2014) about 20 years earlier. In all actuality, there’s only about 10 seconds of on-screen tornado action occurring in this film, and most of it can be seen in the trailer. For the remaining 89 minutes and 50 seconds, it’s nothing but bad dialog and people doing nothing. It gets excruciating and torturous within 30 minutes. Even when the tornado is right in front of our characters, the camera doesn’t pan around to let the audience see it; we just hear sounds of destruction and our casts’ shocked expressions. I understand that the film is low budget, but filmmakers need to understand that they can’t tease an audience with something they don’t have the money to afford showing. Not even legendary coolmeisters like Bruce Campbell and Ernie Hudson can sweettalk this film to make it more bearable. Instead, they too just sit around waiting for a tornado to appear. Not surprisingly, the most interesting sequence is the one moment where we actually see the tornado as it wrecks havoc on a small town. I hear people all the time exclaiming how Twister is such an awful film, and it really makes me wish they’d see this. Watching Twister after this will make the latter seem like 2001: A Space Odyssey. Twister may be dumb, but at least it’s fun and spends about 90% of its runtime with cool tornado-related action sequences, and at least the characters do more than just talk about boring stuff. Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt’s writing may get annoying, but at least they actually do stuff. Wanna see Bruce Campbell get a haircut? Wanna see Ernie Hudson watch TV? Wanna see Bruce Campbell driving while nothing is happening? Wanna sit around for 90 minutes waiting for a Tornado to appear? Well, Tornado! may be the film for you. The sad thing is that Tornado! isn’t even the worst tornado film. Atomic Twister, Nature Unleashed: Tornado, Storm Cell, Storm Chasers: Revenge Of The Twisters, and Devil Winds are all much worse than Tornado!, and that’s extremely unsettling because this is a bad, bad movie.
Duration: 89 min
Genre: Action, Drama
Also known as: Tornado,Tornade,O tyfonas,Tornado!,Chasseurs de tornades,Hurakan,Торнадо,Projet Tornado,Viharvadászok