Welcome back to 1 out of 5 – Would Recommend, where we’re doing our best to think cool thoughts. To help with that, we’re watching the 2009 TV disaster movie Ice Twisters.
What’s The Plot?
A government cloud seeding experiment goes slightly wrong and creates a series of freak ice storms that culminate in freezing tornadoes! It’s up to a popular science fiction writer (who is obviously a more badass version of Michael Crichton) and a pair of government weather scientists to solve the problem, along with some pretty 20-somethings who clearly have romantic tension. Boilerplate type stuff for movies of this type.
Who Made This Beautiful Garbage?
Steven R. Monroe, a director whose most notable films are the remake of I Spit on Your Grave and its sequel, I Spit on Your Grave 2. While I have not seen those flicks, the late Roger Ebert (whose film analysis I rather respect) had very unkind things to say about the first of them. He is, however, at least a competent professional.
Five Reasons to See It
- Totally-Not-Michael-Crichton is played by Mark Moses, who is best known for regular roles on Desperate Housewives and Mad Men (for which he won a SAG award). He’s had dozens of guest shots on TV series over his then-25 year career and he’s unusually good at acting for leading this kind of feature.
- There’s a short sequence of an SUV pulling a K turn on a blocked road and driving away has three obvious cuts in it. No other editing boo-boos stick out, leaving this unnecessary one really perplexing.
- The Ice Twisters, created by seeding clouds with silver iodide (real science, BTW), don’t just freeze you to death – they give you silver poisoning and turn you blue (also real science)!
- A member of the research team resents the author character, a man he’s never met and who is unaware of his existence, of stealing the idea for a bestselling novel from him. I’d condemn this as stupid, but this sort of thing has been the subject of real-life lawsuits.
- “I tell ya, you can’t write it better than that.” – A screenwriter voicing an inflated ego through his character or natural dialogue? You decide!
It’s the exact kind of barely passable schlock you expect out of made for TV disaster movies: the plot is nonsense, the dialogue is overwrought, and the special effects aren’t very good. What saves this one is a professional director and a solid actor in the lead, rendering it an entertaining enough bit of background noise for a too-hot summer day.
NEXT WEEK: We’ll get back to enjoying something truly so-bad-its-good, 2006’s D.O.A.: Dead or Alive.