In this dizzying, effects-driven drama, two scientists (Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton) chase tornadoes in their quest to record and study them. Taking a backseat to the wild and visually mesmerizing storms are subplots concerning a failing marriage, childhood trauma and corporate ethics. The film received multiple Academy Awards for its spectacular sound and visual effects (including the famous flying cow).
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- Jan De Bont
- This movie is
- DVD and Blu-ray
- 1997 Razzie® Awards
- Worst Supporting Actress nominee: Jami Gertz
- Top 100 Thrills nominee
- 1997 Academy Award®
- Best Visual Effects nominee
- Best Sound nominee
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1, Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
French, English, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; making-of featurette; audio commentary; music video.
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1Subtitles
English, FrenchClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; director's commentary; making-of featurette; trailer; music video; bonus featurettes.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that teens will be excited about the great special effects in this adventure movie, although they may be disappointed by the thin plot. Parents should know that the main characters are a soon-to-be-divorced couple who are still sexually attracted to each other. All of the characters put themselves in dangerous situations as part of their job. In the opening scene, a girl watches as a tornado carries her father away, and there are several frightening scenes involving the destructive storms.
- Sexual Content
- One character is a "reproductive therapist" whose academic views on human sexuality provide comic relief.
- Jo's dad is killed by a tornado, as well as a few others. A man is impaled by flying debris. In the opening scene, a girl watches as a tornado carries her father away. There are many very intense encounters with the tornadoes.
- Moderate profanity, with one "F" word.
- Social Behavior
- All of the characters put themselves in dangerous situations as part of their job, to study tornadoes. Some sex-related humor.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- There's a mention of a character being drunk and naked.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it