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Twister (1996) 3.71/5 (1)

 

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Rating: The Good –  66.7
Genre: Action, Adventure
Duration: 113 mins
Director: Jan de Bont
Stars: Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes

Jan de Bont’s second directorial effort after the smash hit Speed upped the ante on the action by following a bunch of storm-chasing scientists through tornado country as they attempt to figure out the secrets of the twister. Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton lead the ragtag pack of adrenaline junkies as the estranged married couple competing with a highly financed rival scientist (a slithery Cary Elwes) who stole their methodology. The action is everything you’d expect from the man who shot Die Hard and The Hunt for Red October and the relatively early CGI effects still hold up to this day. The tornado sequences themselves range between formidable and unlikely as writer Michael Crichton takes his usual liberties in adapting science for the screen. Hunt and Paxton are more than comfortable with each other and add an understated charm to the movie while a young Philip Seymour Hoffman puts in a memorable shift as the “crazy guy”. There’s plenty of humour courtesy of his and everyone else’s antics and a neatly developed assortment of characters (an often ignored strength of Crichton’s screenplays) ensure it blends seamlessly with the plot’s progression. Incidentally, Twister was the first movie released in DVD format and so it not only scores as an enjoyable action adventure but it also holds a position of some significance among the geekiest of movie fans.

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Cast Away (2000) 2.71/5 (1)

 

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Rating: The Good – 73.5
Genre: Drama, Adventure
Duration: 143 mins
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Paul Sanchez

Robert Zemeckis’ soulful approach to the old desert island idea is a unique and deeply engaging tale. Tom Hanks scores well as the sole survivor of a plane crash who finds himself washed up on an isolated and uninhabited island and torn away from his bride to be Helen Hunt. In retrospect, it seems Hanks was the perfect actor for a film which goes long stretches without conventional dialogue and he uses all his craft and innate humour to keep the audience’s attention. The film is full of memorable moments tied together in an unpredictable yet effective manner. The most memorable of these is the plane crash which is surely one of the more terrifyingly real cinematic experiences. The island scenes are exceptionally conceived and not overdone. There is of course that now infamous volleyball named “Wilson” but despite the humour it evoked (either intentionally or unintentionally), it was in essence a very clever Kuleshov-like device which gave Hanks and the audience a much needed emotional counter-point. Cast Away is Hollywood at its best and the ending is a case in point, as Zemeckis manipulates us with big emotions rooted in a truthfully resonating story. You’ll be surprised by how easily it sucks you in and it’ll stay with you for a long time.

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