Twisters Is A Sequel To The Best Movie Ever, Not A Remake Of It

Twisters Is A Sequel To The Best Movie Ever, Not A Remake Of It

Throughout Tremendous Bowl LVIII, a teaser trailer dropped that baffled plenty of viewers—it wasn’t the Despicable Me 4 one making enjoyable of AI, however an action-packed Tornado teaser. The trailer showcased the July 2024 film starring Regular Folks’s Daisy Edgar Jones and High Gun: Maverick’s Glen Powell as storm chasers. It featured scary twisters obliterating homes and sucking up unlucky individuals, as tornadoes are wont to do.

However these with data of the enduring ‘90s flick Tornado had been a bit misplaced—is Twisters a sequel to that movie or a remake? Let me, the foremost Tornado knowledgeable at Kotaku (and sure past), clarify.

Tornado is one of the best film ever

First, an vital assertion: 1996’s Tornado (starring Helen Hunt and late greats Invoice Paxton and Philip Seymour Hoffman) is my favourite film of all time. I used to be a younger baby after I first noticed it, and it kicked off a lifelong obsession with tornadoes and storm techniques—I’ve a number of Doppler apps on my cellphone, and I’m nonetheless attempting to arrange a visit out west to go see the monsters in particular person. Tornadoes are fascinating not solely due to their damaging, awe-inspiring energy, however due to how uniquely American they’re—they occur elsewhere, positive, however it’s the actual make-up of the US (the Rocky Mountains, the flat plains of the Midwest, the nice and cozy, damp air from the Gulf of Mexico) that make them so commonplace right here.

However I wasn’t the one one that liked Tornado—it was the second-highest grossing movie of 1996 (behind solely Independence Day) and acquired Oscar noms for its visible results and sound design. Directed by Dutch filmmaker Jan de Bont (Pace), Tornado is a quintessentially ‘90s motion flick wherein a scrappy bunch of storm chasers face off in opposition to each the wrath of mom nature and a bunch of company sell-outs, as they race in the direction of an enormous scientific discovery (and away from tornadoes, in fact). There are flying cows, a twister ripping via a drive-in film display screen that’s exhibiting The Shining, and large, sensible explosions. Van Halen wrote a tune for it, for fuck’s sake.

Sure, that’s Connor Roy.
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Tornado strikes the right steadiness between realism and ridiculousness that we so hardly ever see in fashionable cinema. It reveals us the true-to-life damaging energy that may be a twister tearing via an open area and tells us that the warnings for these in its path usually come too late. However we’re additionally advised that Paxton’s character (a storm chaser turned soon-to-be-weatherman) is preternaturally able to predicting when a storm system will produce a twister, or the place that twister will head—and it’s this reward that units him other than the company sell-outs (led by The Princess Bride’s Cary Elwes). It’s absurdly stunning.

Each single particular person in my life is required to observe Tornado in the event that they need to stay in my life, and I might implore you to do the identical.

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However Twisters just isn’t a remake

Now, followers of Tornado had been possible confused as a result of there are a components of the Twisters trailer that appear straight pulled from the unique movie: the workforce searching for shelter beneath a bridge whereas within the path of an enormous twister, the white-shirt climate individuals (Jones and firm) staring throughout the parking zone at a maverick storm chaser (Powell), and a gadget that appears equivalent to the one seen within the authentic film, floating doodads and all. The font is even the identical, for the love of Dusty.

Plus, the story facilities round Jones and Powell—and I’ve seen a minimum of one publication claiming Jones is the daughter of Hunt and Paxton’s characters, although it’s not confirmed. I can say with confidence that Powell’s character (dubbed “the Twister Wrangler,” whereas Paxton’s character was nicknamed “the Excessive”) is clearly modeled after real-life excessive storm chasers like Reed Timmer, who rides into storms in his automobile, the Dominator, which he’s modified to face up to the highly effective winds and particles. There’s a scene within the trailer wherein Powell’s character deploys drills from the underside of his truck that bore down within the floor, ostensibly to forestall the twister from lifting up the automobile and hucking it a whole bunch of yards away. Timmer even confirmed to The Oklahoman that he took Twisters author Mark L. Smith storm-chasing, and helped with the movie’s idea.

However in response to Leisure Weekly, Twisters is a standalone sequel (not a remake) that received’t require viewing the unique to know it—although I might urge you to. Director Lee Issac Chung (Minari) liked Tornado, although, so anticipate there to be tons of throwbacks even when Jones’ character isn’t straight associated to the earlier leads (even the unique EW photos have nods to the unique film).

“What was important to me was that it at all times felt like in that first film, which didn’t essentially really feel like a catastrophe film,” Chung advised EW. “To me, it felt like an journey film, and I at all times liked how that film impressed a era of meteorologists and individuals who had been curious about science and climate simply because it made that examine really feel prefer it was an journey. That’s one thing that I wished to retain with this one.”

I don’t find out about you, however I’m so able to get twisted.


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