Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Into The Storm

Releases August 8th, 2014
1 hr 29 mins
Rated PG-13
Drama, Suspense/Thriller



Steven Quale


Richard Armitage as Gary Morris
Sarah Wayne Callies as Allison Stone
Matt Walsh as Pete
Alycia Debnam-Carey as Kaitlyn
Arlen Escarpeta as Daryl
Jeremy Sumpter as Jacob
Nathan Kress as Trey
Max Deacon as Donnie
Kyle Davis as Donk
Scott Lawrence as Principal
Jon Reep as Reevis

Review by Stephen M.

Warner Bros. revisits what they struck gold with in Twister (1996) with Into The Storm.  Incredible special effects takes us through, in and outside of a F5 Twister making you glad you don't live in a state with frequent tornado activity (unless of course you do, then you should move!).  While the tornadoes and all its horrifying vacuuming glory shines in this film, the humans and their silly dialogues could have been heck of a lot better.

The film is one of those found footage type of movies, which can work in certain movies but is quite inconsistent in Into The Storm.  The filmmaker would have us believe that the two school kids can continue filming, their equipment actually still working after their building was hit with a tornado, the roof caving in on them and their little pit completely flooded.  The filmmakers would also have you believe that the mother of a small child would not drop everything that is around her to head to her to make sure she is okay given the destruction that she has seen.  Yes, the child is not in the same county as the tornadoes, but given their unpredictability you would've expected her to show just a little more concern.  I won't even get started on the two idiots in the mold of "Jackass" reality stars wannabes.

It's quite unfortunate when you have two talented actors in Richard Armitage and Sarah Wayne Callies play characters that are just not believable or enjoyable to watch.  You would hope that more of them have died.  Yes, that's mean but unfortunately those that you wanted to die didn't, while those that you didn't want to, did.  But again, despite the human sub plots, the film's strength is its CGI.  Watching the fiery tornado and the mother of all tornadoes as the weather systems combine is amazing.  And the scene near the end where one of the characters is in the air, incredibly breathtaking.  The vehicle featured in the movie, a Titus truck customized for the film is pretty to cool to see in action.

Overall, I would recommend the film if you like the genre.  The story is not the greatest by far, but still cool to see for the twisters themselves. Catch it as a matinee or watch Twisters and wait for Into The Storm on Netflix.


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