Atomic Twister (2002)

Atomic Twister (2002)





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As if audiences in mid-2002 weren't nervous enough about anticipated enemy attacks on America, this made-for-cable movie speculates on the disastrous possibilities of a tornado hitting a nuclear power plant. Racing against time, nuclear expert Corinne Maguire (Sharon Lawrence), sheriff C.B. Bishop (Corbin Bernsen) and deputy Jake Hannah (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) try to evacuate the locals and prevent the vaporization of Tennessee (if that power plant goes, "it'll make Chernobyl look like a firecracker"). Complicating matters is the fact that Sharon's 12-year-old Campbell (Daniel Costello) is nowhere to be found. Advertised on the strength of the presence of two NYPD Blue stars in the cast -- one former (Sharon Lawrence), one current (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) -- Atomic Twister made its TBS Superstation debut on June 9, 2002.
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Television
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Once Upon a Time Films


Sharon Lawrence
as Corrine Maguire
Mark-Paul Gosselaar
as Jake Hannah
Corbin Bernsen
as Sheriff C.B. Bishop
Daniel Costello
as Campbell
Johnny Blick
as Potter
John Sumner
as Neville
George Henare
as Manuel
John Leigh
as Rawlings
David Aston
as Man at Cliff
Paul Barrett
as Tanker Driver
Peter Feeney
as Fireman
Taylor Garton
as Boy Scout
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Critic Reviews for Atomic Twister

All Critics (2)

eccentric, and somewhat small-time rip-off of Jan De Bont's Twister, salvaged thanks to it's energetic performances and brief originality

June 6, 2002

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June 3, 2002

Audience Reviews for Atomic Twister

Gotta love the bad movie with its stealth tornadoes that seem to keep sneaking up on certain people.

Adam Spector
Adam Spector

Last night I just hung around the house with the wife and watched[b] Atomic Twister[/b]. Tell you what, TV’s label as a [b]“vast and empty wasteland�[/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 “[b]commercial vehicle[/b],� 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]. Here’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 “brother� 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. It’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 “[i]papier mache[/i]� coolant pipes cracked by the sneaky tornado (how it did that inside a [b]sealed containment building[/b], I’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 can’t trust those sneaky tornadoes… That guy from [b]Saved By The Bell [/b](Mark-Paul Gosselaar), played the irresponsible (yet reserve policeman) former fiancé 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 Heroine’s kid, saves his former fiancé, saves East Tennessee from total [b]nuclear annihilation[/b] by hijacking and delivering a load of diesel fuel to the plant. Damn… 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]wasn’t it handy [/b]that a “leftover� 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 wasn’t quite sure. Anyways, this movie’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 that’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 can’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 heroine’s [b]tight shirt [/b]and the babysitters [b]cleavage[/b]. So be it! (this review was copied over from my [url=""]Blog[/url], originally posted in 2002)

Dave Worley
Dave Worley

[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]

Orlando Stevenson
Orlando Stevenson

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