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Effects apart, this is dire: predictable, clichéd, sloppily written, pitifully performed and surprisingly short of real shocks and suspense. The story can be described in two ways: as a rip-off of Only Angels Have Wings, in which Paxton's implausibly intuitive tornado expert is torn between two women, his ex (Hunt) and his fiancée (Gertz), and two lives, a safe weatherman job, or a risky return to the group of crazily devoted storm-chasers trying to get a gizmo up inside a twister's 'suck-zone'; or as a repetitive spectacle where all that happens is that the objects hurled around in the air simply get bigger. Forget the many redundant references to The Wizard of Oz, this hasn't a fraction of that movie's logic, imagination or ambitions. Seriously depressing.

By: GA

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Duration: 113 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jan De Bont
Screenwriter: Michael Crichton, Anne-Marie Martin
Cast: Helen Hunt
Bill Paxton
Jami Gertz
Cary Elwes
Lois Smith
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Alan Ruck
Sean Whalen
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