Unique and unusual in every way, the movie storyline is bold and cleverly made, turning the whole production into a cinematic wonder.
Some of the people in the scenes weren’t even cast; they were just passers-by who wanted to get involved, and Habchi opened the opportunity for them, which added to the authenticity of the scenes.
The plot narrates the struggle of Akram who, upon his arrival to Lebanon from expatriation, starts dealing with nightmares about the terrors of war. The story also involves the daily life of the Lebanese people during this period and how they adapted to recurring bombings to survive.
The Tornado was the first to document Lebanon’s war, during and after those unfortunate times. Habchi realized his vision in a sincere and honest way, using the painful reality of the war-torn surroundings and backgrounds. That gave the movie a rich and dramatic ambiance.
Another aspect that helped make The Tornado a masterpiece is the amazing effort allocated by a dedicated and hard-working team who was prepared to produce such excellent work on a low budget.
The strongest point in this project is that Habchi didn’t work on glorifying the war or its aftermaths but on capturing brilliantly its terrifying aspects.
This film is the definition of Lebanese cinema. It is a historical representation of Lebanon’s worst times and was beautifully made despite that.
Whoever wants a clear view of Lebanon in 1992 (and a mind-blowing one), go ahead and watch it! You might find it on Amazon or similar sites.