Parents' Guide to

Supercell

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Intense storm thriller has smoking, language.

Movie PG-13 2023 100 minutes
Supercell Movie Poster: A white van with BRODY written on the back is driving into a storm with a tornado funnel

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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

Slow and dull movie that never gets going. You are teased that a big storm is eventually going to hit but it’s anticlimactic. My 10 year old said it was so boring and was begging me to watch something else

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If Steven Spielberg remade Twister, it might look something like the intense Supercell. The story beats are similar to those of Jurassic Park, where scientists must act in deference to their benefactor, who turns nature into an amusement park despite the obvious danger. Supercell's main characters also have the last name Brody -- as in Police Chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) from Jaws. Will exudes a sense of wonder like Elliott in E.T. The special effects (which are far better than Twister's 1996 then-advanced flying cows) are on par with War of the Worlds. And the score by Corey Wallace is so reminiscent of John Williams that you may find yourself mulling over Spielberg's filmography to place where you've heard it before.

This is all intentional, as writer-director Herbert James Winterstern has said that this nature thriller is an homage to family classics from the 1980s and early '90s -- like E.T. and Back to the Future -- that delivered an experience equally satisfying for both parents and kids. This movie is also about family: The superstorm is just the tool to tell the story of a young man who sets out to learn more about his father but winds up understanding and appreciating his mom. Winterstern does an impressive job with this Spielberg knockoff and is one to watch when he creates his own original style.

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