FILM REVIEW: INTO THE STORM (12A) SHOWCASE CINEMAS PETERBOROUGH, OUT NOW
CAST: RICHARD ARMITAGE, SARAH WAYNE CALLIES, MAX DEACON, ALYCIA DEBNAM CAREY, NATHAN KRESS & MATT WALSH
RUNNING TIME: 1 HR 30 MINS
DIRECTOR: STEVEN QUALE
There’s not been a really good tornado-based film since 1996’s Twister – and after this we’re still waiting.
The special effects are undoubtedly the best thing about it – with most of the stand-out bits being in the pretty decent movie trailer – but it has got a B-movie feel when it comes to the clunky dialogue, clichéd plot and unintentionally laughable emotional moments.
The acting isn’t ‘Sharknado’ bad – with The Hobbit’s Richard Armitage being the only recognisable actor – but most of the cast include youngsters plucked from obscurity to play second fiddle to a deadly cyclone.
Armitage stars as stereotypical movie widower Gary – struggling to connect with his teenage boys Donnie (Max Deacon) and Trey (Nathan Kress) – and is seemingly more bothered by his vice principal duties at Silverton’s High School, where he’s preparing for the graduation ceremony.
But unfortunately there’s a freak weather front heading their way – being followed by storm chaser Pete (Matt Walsh), meteorologist professor (Sarah Wayne Callies) and their crew – and when Donnie goes off the grid with his school ‘crush’ Kaitlyn (Alycia Debnam Carey), Gary will stop at nothing to literally go through the eye of the storm to find his eldest son.
As an unprecedented onslaught of erratic and deadly cyclones start to tear the town apart, there’s a few noteworthy dramatic set-pieces thrown in – including a couple of rip-roaring deaths – and it generally deserves credit for some surprisingly lifelike computer-generated visuals.
Sadly though, other human-generated effects – like when people cling for dear life to car doors as they’re dragged into the air – look like something you’d experience on a ‘backlot tour’ at one of Orlando’s theme parks.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not the worst film you’ll see all year, but the only winner here are the visual effects team – and that’d be the only real reason to see it.
If you want to go into a storm you’d probably have just as much fun standing outside the next time it chucks it down...
By Gavin Miller Rating: 2/5