I happened to catch Storm Cell on TV a last weekend Sucker that I am for weather movies, I turned it on. It was probably the worst movie I have ever seen in my life, regardless of genre. But I thought I would introduce you, the readers, to this movie. In a way, it would be fun to rewatch this cinematic garbage if only to pick out the errors.
Back in 2008, the WE Network had a popular show entitled “Twister Sisters” on their airwaves that chronicled a real life pair of women who lead excursions into the Plains to hunt tornados. It was among the better tornado based reality shows out there, and the sisters got lucky, tracking a lot of tornadoes in front of the camera. Lifetime decided to get into the act, instead making a movie about a female storm chaser and replacing tornadoes and factual accuracy with familial angst and a love interest. It was a devastatingly terrible movie. Here are some of the hilariously incorrect scenes in the movie.
– Early in the movie, she takes a young interviewer out on a storm chase. She made the decision, after she opened her computer, it ran some calculations and came up with “tornado threat: WATCH”. Almost immediately after they departed, they come across a massive tornado. The storm chaser (her name was April, I believe) opened her computer which now said “tornado threat: WARNING”. Nice work, computer. She said some gibberish about lower inflow updraft jet winds or something.The storm eventually fell apart, which she thought was odd, and that there must be another tornado taking all the energy from the one they were watching. Totally. The chaser opened her computer again, and sure enough, there was another “tornado threat: WARNING” as told by her computer. “We have to call this in,” She said. “Don’t they have people to do that?” asked the anonymous passenger. “Yeah. Me,” stated the chaser quite boldly. If only the weather service had the same tornado threat software on their computer, perhaps we wouldn’t need chasers at all anymore.
– The tornado hit her daughters high school, so they decided it was time to take a vacation and went to visit storm chaser’s brother in Seattle. While watching the news, the weather report showed a warm front approaching Seattle from the west and a cold front from the east. Concerned (not that the local weatherman has no idea what he’s doing, of course) storm chaser April opens her computer and looks at a satellite image of Washington to see what looks like a hurricane bearing down on them. Increasingly concerned, she runs the tornado threat program. Tornado threat: WATCH! She puts it out of her mind though, because she’s on vacation. Later, her daughter comes in to check her e-mail and gets upset to see the program running. Mom says we weren’t here for work! Also, we’re bumped up to tornado threat: WARNING. Cut to a dock on the Puget Sound and a fisherman tying his boat up. DEAD. Tornado kills him. It wasn’t even raining. IF fact, the hole time, judging by the clothes the characters were wearing, it must have been cool and dank. There were a lot of jackets and trench coats. Perfect weather for tornadoes. Back to the brother’s house. The brother is a county sheriff, so he gets the call that there has been a tornado. Immediately, he confronts his sister, asking if she had anything to do with this. Stupid weather person, making weather happen near them. And let me just say, even if there were storms coming, there is no worse place to chase, I would imagine, than Seattle. Mountains, trees, lots of traffic. Of course, that’s only one of several logical inconsistencies with the movie.
I could only make it through about an hour of the movie. I can’t imagine there weren’t more later.