Monday, February 9, 2015

Into the Storm (2014)

Director: Steven Quale
Starring: Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Max Deacon, Nathan Kress, Alycia Debnam Carey, Arlen Escarpeta, Jeremy Sumpter, Lee Whittaker, Kyle Davis, Jon Reep, Scott Lawrence, David Drumm

In Silverton, Oklahoma, a high school prepares for graduation day as vice-principal Gary Fuller (Armitage) is thoroughly set on making sure the weather doesn't wreck the festivities while trying to keep his estranged sons (Kress & Deacon) on a leash. Meanwhile, a group of storm chasers lead by Pete (Walsh) in his newly designed armoured vehicle and meteorologist Allison (Callies), a single mother forced to be away from her daughter, predict this small will be the zone for a tornado scare.

Sad excuse for a film that offers a complete lack of character and story development and absolutely nothing on screen to care about which really refutes the actual purpose of the project as seen in the epilogue. The hand-held camera elements make no sense whatsoever and trying to focus on who is shooting what is migraine inducing; even thinking about it now is bringing anger on...

Armitage sounds like he's just come off the set of The Hobbit, or he's auditioning for the upcoming Batman film. Callies (The Walking Dead) and comedian Walsh offer glimpses of sustainability but the only winner of the film are the special effects which are incredibly well done. In a sense you can forgive Quale, who has previously worked with James Cameron on several projects, because he's clearly focused on destruction rather than story.


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