Atomic Twister (2002)
Atomic Twister (2002)
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as Corrine Maguire
as Jake Hannah
as Sheriff C.B. Bishop
as Man at Cliff
as Tanker Driver
as Boy Scout
Critic Reviews for Atomic Twister
eccentric, and somewhat small-time rip-off of Jan De Bont's Twister, salvaged thanks to it's energetic performances and brief originality
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Audience Reviews for Atomic Twister
Gotta love the bad movie with its stealth tornadoes that seem to keep sneaking up on certain people.
Last night I just hung around the house with the wife and watched[b] Atomic Twister[/b]. Tell you what, TVâ€™s label as a [b]â€œvast and empty wastelandâ€�[/b] is still nice and secure. This movie had been promoted for weeks, bombarding us with commercials telling us how good it was going to be. With nothing else to do last night, we settled down and watched it. This movie was a great â€œ[b]commercial vehicle[/b],â€� in that there was an even split between actual movie and commercials, about an hour of show and at least an hour of ads (as if this was the freaking Super Bowl). [b]Gawd, how I hate TV[/b]. Hereâ€™s how the movie went. These tornadoes manage to sneak up on the local nuclear power station. And I do mean sneak, silently sneak. The Gate Guard (played by Carl Lewis, the only â€œbrotherâ€� in town, so of course [b]the first to die[/b]) walks out of his gatehouse to use his cell phone, he finishes the call and the tornado, [b]who had been hiding QUIETLY BEHIND the gatehouse [/b]all this time, jumps out, sez BOO! and sucks him up and spits him out. Them the movie pretty much goes all downhill from there. The nuke plant, was a pretty wimpy place. Itâ€™s phone system was knocked by the tornado, the satellite blew down, the radio blew away (cuz someone left the door open), there were also a few â€œ[i]papier mache[/i]â€� coolant pipes cracked by the sneaky tornado (how it did that inside a [b]sealed containment building[/b], Iâ€™ll never know), and of course the people who are running this place are mostly morons and idiots, except for the [b]Heroine[/b] (Sharon Lawrence), who got her job via Affirmative Action. She has a cute pre-teen son (no daddy in sight), who plays Twister (the game) with the teen-age babysitter (with the really [b]prominent cleavage[/b]). Said babysitter bites the dust later when the tornado [b]silently sneaks up [/b]on the house and catches the her peeking out the window. You just canâ€™t trust those sneaky tornadoesâ€¦ That guy from [b]Saved By The Bell [/b](Mark-Paul Gosselaar), played the irresponsible (yet reserve policeman) former fiancÃ© of the daughter of the tough, grumpy police chief (Corben Bernson, who must have gotten a good nap during the filming of this flick). Anyway, he saves the Heroineâ€™s kid, saves his former fiancÃ©, saves East Tennessee from total [b]nuclear annihilation[/b] by hijacking and delivering a load of diesel fuel to the plant. Damnâ€¦ Yeah, one other minor problem. How it is that a nuke power plant, whose only purpose is to generate electricity, had such a problem with power that they had to shutdown systems and use diesel generators to even make the computers work? And [b]wasnâ€™t it handy [/b]that a â€œleftoverâ€� generator that had been sitting and rusting for 20 plus years, starts up when the heroine gives it a [b]swift kick[/b], thereby saving the day and East Tennessee. I thought I saw a [b]subtle anti-nuke message [/b]somewhere but with the bad acting and the sucky plot, I wasnâ€™t quite sure. Anyways, this movieâ€™s plot really [b]sucked ass[/b], the special effects [b]blew chunks[/b], and the acting was [b]downright crappy[/b]. It was a bad movie, not a cheesy bad movie thatâ€™s funny bad, but just plain bad. It would have been much more fun if everyone dies and East Tennessee had become a radioactive wasteland, but we canâ€™t even get that break. Introducing my rating system, the [b]Signal to Noise Ratio[/b]. I figure every movie must have something good (signal) throught out all the stupidity and bad acting (noise). I gave this one a 20%, the only good points being the heroineâ€™s [b]tight shirt [/b]and the babysitters [b]cleavage[/b]. So be it! (this review was copied over from my [url="http://www.daveworley.com/archives/175"]Blog[/url], originally posted in 2002)
[size=3][font=Calibri]Abysmal and unworkable script – a real stinker for anyone familiar with commercial nuclear power industry. [/font][/size] [list][*][size=3][font=Calibri]The reactor/facility look more like a maintenance shack combined with office building than a power plant. [/font][/size][*][size=3][font=Calibri]Where’s operations, radiological protection, and security staff??. [/font][/size][*][size=3][font=Calibri]NRC is a regulator- not a savior. Facilities running now have much deeper staff knowledge- .. the guess work and stumbling through next steps (a joke themselves) was absolutely ridiculous - folks running plants are very familiar with normal operations and various contingencies (many design based with graded exams). [/font][/size][*][size=3][font=Calibri]How about realistic primary/secondary containment or backup systems / scenarios already in public domain. [/font][/size][*][size=3][font=Calibri]At least the color of the fuel rods was correct (blue) and yes, it’s important that all fuel (core/spent pool) is kept covered with water that is temperature controlled– almost everything else was technically inaccurate. [/font][/size][/list][size=3][font=Calibri]Ah yes, a real stinker- you will definitely get more entertainment mowing your lawn. The technical advisor on this one (along with any of the promoters/decision makers) should be black listed. [/font][/size]
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