INTO THE STORM | MOVIE REVIEW

When you think of storm films the first thing that will no doubt come to mind is TWISTER, followed closely by THE PERFECT STORM. Throw in THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, THE WIZARD OF OZ, THE GUARDIAN, JURASSIC PARK, WHITE SQUALL, NOAH, ALIVE, THE SHINING and if you are more open to the B grade, SHARKNADO (and its sequel). If you are making a huge blockbuster film about a storm, called INTO THE STORM, the only way this film will get respect, especially as it is a tornado film is to, at minimum, attempt to best TWISTER, basically the benchmark for a twister film, a film also made 18yrs ago. INTO THE STORM has some of the best CGI storm footage I have ever seen, it is amazing, it is mind blowing, the problem is, they ignored everything else. The plot, dialogue and attention to the actors is the true disaster in this disaster movie. INTO THE STORM is opening this Thursday September 4th in Australia at all multiplexes in the country care of Roadshow Films, it is rated M and runs for 89mins. They also have a Facebook page for the film you can suss out HERE.

 

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REVIEW BY JASON KING

INTO THE STORM – simple premise. Storm movie, the end. GIVE US STORMS, more storms and carnage. The film fails on every level except for the storms, when they give them to us. Firstly, too many characters you really do not care about, secondly, more plot holes than THE ROOM and drowning in unoriginality and cliche. OK – character rundown, Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) is the vice principal at the school in Silverton, he ignores his kids and doesn’t treat them as awesome as he should due to some back story that no one cares about but adds a two dimensional depth to the characters that makes you like them a little less and cringe at the “emotional dialogue” that comes from this. The kids are both in the school, both are attending the year above’s graduation and are film geeks, so awesome, we can have footage of everything. The older brother Donnie (Max Deacon) finally makes a move on his crush and offers to help her re-film some boring school assignment at some ex factory thing. It is a small town but this ex factory thing feels like it is about half of the US continent away from the school, how did Donnie and Kaitlyn even get there?

Donnie and Kaitlyn do not attend the graduation thing as they have snuck off to film this. The school is slammed post outdoor graduation by a tornado and the kid’s all shelter in the lower level of the school, apparently they also stay here until nearly the end of the movie. After a massive tornado nearly kills them all dialogue like “is everybody OK?” makes the audience laugh. Now the town of Silverton is in the tornado belt of the US, but the bashing, storming and approaching twister seems to make people ask the question “what is that?” while making those puppy dog head turned sideways poses. The writing of this film is atrocious – SHARKNADO had a better screenplay. John Swetnam should be embarrassed for this film, and oh joy, I am seeing his second writing effort next Monday, STEP UP: ALL IN. I shall consume alcohol prior to this film haha.

 

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INTO THE STORM | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | STORM CHASERS DOING WHAT THEY DO

 

But then we venture to the “stormchasers.” They have a tank like thing called Titus (not the best name, Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus cooked and ate his family and died quite horribly). They have the two dimensional leader, Pete (Matt Walsh), he only cares about getting the best storm footage ever, his Titus is capable of sitting in the middle of a twister and is theoretically believable as a great looking storm tank, I loved it. Think storm chasing Bat Mobile. But Pete still only cares about footage after his crew starts dying. The idea of Pete’s later redemption made me scoff. He is basically Z grade Bill Paxton and then we have Lori Grimes from The Walking Dead (Sarah Wayne Callies) as his Helen Hunt like character. I have to say she was much less annoying in this movie. Then pretty much everyone else is inconsequential. There are three others I do need to mention though. Peter Pan (Jeremy Sumpter) is in it, he was a great child actor, and I know he can act. But his character, Jacob, is one of the worst written characters I have seen. I lolled. #Spoiler – he wins best death 🙂

 

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INTO THE STORM | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | THESE GUYS!! DONK (KYLE DAVIS) AND REEVIS (JON REEP)

 

There is also my two favourite things in the film, Donk (Kyle Davis) and Reevis (Jon Reep). These guys are purely comic relief, think Jackass drunk idiots just trying to make money from filming stupid things, they are pissed drunk through the entire film and while the film looks great, most of the other people just waste screentime – these guys had me giggling through most of their screentime.

Now the acting, it is all passable. I never guessed it was Thorin Oakenshield, he is so tall in this 🙂 I give credit to Max Deacon (Donnie) for his farewell speech prior to pending death, he made me shed a tear, convincing scene. And Lori Grimes pulled it off fine, I actually would watch her in films, she just needs to chose some better ones. I also laughed at the farewell of Pete, as much of a 2D ass as he was, he did get what he wanted.

The direction is what it is, B grade “cli-fi” movie (climate fiction), yep penned by either the director, Steven Quale, or producers. It was a rushed CGI film, it lacked any script read. How a director, and a studio could allow this screenplay to become a mainstream blockbuster release borders on a crime, but hey TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXCREMENT made over a billion dollars, so I am basically Jon Snow and know nothing.

 

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INTO THE STORM | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | YAY ANGRY STORM NEARLY EATS LORI GRIMES

 

Two other things got to me in the screening, why on Earth was this not filmed and released in 3D? If any film could have a good use, gimmick, and box office booster, it would be this one!! Secondly, why only release it in 1.85:1 (widescreen) – I know this gives much better top to bottom film use but this film could have benefitted from 2.35: 1 (cinemascope). It is not as if the film is releasing in IMAX. Waste of screen and box office possibilities here. The sound effects and CGI are basically award worthy. It looked and sound amazing and I was literally on the edge of my seat with my hand over my mouth when the storms got mad. The use of replacing cows with jumbo jets was a winner and the airport scene was brilliant, but to be completely honest, the twister effects were no better, definitely bigger, but no better than TWISTER and/ or THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW. For a film made 18yrs after TWISTER I expected much much more.

See this for the storms and ignore everything else :).

 

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