Dan Perez, Writer & Editor

Twister Abyss-ter?

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I wrote the following short article for Entertainment Weekly, but they passed on it.

While boxoffice blockbuster Twister sucked up a lot of dollars from summer moviegoers, some critics and viewers are emerged from Jan De Bont's stormfest with dampened enthusiasm. Perhaps it's because they realized that they'd taken this plunge before, in James Cameron's underwater thriller The Abyss. Consider the following similarities and decide for yourself:

Cyclonic Plot Engine

One disaster is better than three marriage counselors

Central casting

Clean-cut bad guy with techno-threat

Even the machines have cute nicknames

Warm fuzzies

Gee-whiz computer effects

Don't try this at home

Eye-rolling finale

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