Twenty-five years ago, a legendary summer movie season began with a storm.
May 10th 1996 kicked off with the arrival of Jan De Bont’s “Twister” aggressively announcing four months of popcorn blockbusters that would be jaw dropping, iconic, classic and even intelligent. However, only one of them had flying bovine.
A riveting prolog establishes why tornados are the unhealthy obsession of Dr. Joanne Harding (Helen Hunt) and her equally fearless, soon-to-be-ex, Dr. Bill “The Extreme” Harding (Bill Paxton). These two are something of human tornados, leaving everything in their lives in a state of ruin that doesn’t involve chasing storms or each other.
Their angry-but-passionate relationship is lifted from the Ed Harris/Mary Elisabeth Mastrantonio broken union in “The Abyss.” Unlike that film, where James Cameron shaped his 1989 underwater masterpiece around an…