On screen, nature can be a very compelling villain. Nature can be capricious, testy and rarely goes along with the plan.
In the 1996 movie Twister, Dr. Jo Harding (Helen Hunt) and Bill Harding (Bill Paxton) are experts in weather: she is a storm hunter and he is a TV weatherman. Bill is trying to get Jo to sign the divorce papers so he can marry his girlfriend, Melissa (Jami Gertz). But Mother Nature has her plans for this soon to be former couple. As a series of violent storms threaten Oklahoma, Jo, Bill and Melissa are thrown together in a car as they join other storm chasers in chasing the monster storm. Will the storm seal the deal between Jo and Bill or will Bill have his happily ever after with Melissa?
This movie is an old fashioned nature disaster movie that is just plain entertaining. Adding to the drama is the awkward relationship and the close quarters between Bill, Jo and Melissa.
I recommend it.
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What’s just as good is going to Universal Studios in Orlando and experiencing the Twister adventure like I did in 2005. Instead of a theme park roller coaster, you go to a theme-like set: a farm containing various vehicles where 20 or so guests stand off to the side and experience high winds and things being set ablaze in the midst of rain, etc. It was pretty cool.
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