Into The Storm Review

Steven Quale’s Into The Storm is one of the most fun films to have come out this year; a disaster movie reminiscent of Twister or The Day After Tomorrow, but like a hyperactive version with even better special effects just because they can. What is so brilliant about this film is that neither the story nor the acting from anyone in the cast is particularly memorable or even important but because the effects themselves alongside the structure and pacing of the film are so brilliant, you forgive it’s weaknesses and watch the film for what it is; a spectacular display of visual talent with insane and memorable scenes of bad weather choreography.

Following one day in the lives of the people of Silverton, a freak weather storm threatens the lives of each and every character of film and with only themselves to rescue each other, they chances are pretty slim. Richard Armitage plays Gary, a high school Vice Principal who is tightly wound and pretty hard on his two sons, Donnie (Max Deacon) and Trey (Nathan Kress). Gary has been preparing the school for their graduating class ceremony and has his sons on camera duty. Begrudgingly and angry, the boys set up what they have been ordered to do. During their moans and qualms, it becomes clear their relationship with their father is strained especially after the death of their mother – but really this isn’t too important for the story of the film. Alongside this, a storm chaser, Pete (Matt Walsh) with his team including researcher, Allison (Sarah Wayne Callies) have been trying for months to get enough footage of storms for the film they are making but they aren’t getting anywhere and are due to lose their funding. Soon Allison starts to track something odd on her monitor and whilst at first Pete is at the end of his tether and not interested, it becomes hard to debate something mad isn’t a foot when hail stones the size of tennis balls start to fall.

Soon the two groups become intertwined; Donnie has gone missing along with another girl from his class that he fancied and Gary must do all he can to find his son and save him. Along the way they meet with Pete, Allison and their team and they figure more heads are better than less (that and Gary’s car is destroyed). Pete is most interested in getting the footage, despite who gets hurt and lost along the way so his is the most important story of them all because it is his character that has the central dramatic change – by the end he gives himself up to help this group of people he has come to care about. As for everything else, it really isn’t that important – Allison has a young girl at home with her parents, but the audience aren’t expected to care too much except for the casual Skype call and there seems to be some sort of odd romantic chemistry between Gary and Allison but that is to be expected between the two good looking leads in a Hollywood blockbuster.

What is most interesting about Into The Storm is the edge of your seat action; when characters lives are at stake (especially during the drowning sequence with Donnie and his classmate) and everything seems to be pointing to the end of the world, the film just keeps pulling you in because the pure visual spectacle, which is so appealing and pleasing to the eye and why the hell not become involved and intrigued by this extreme weather?

Quale has done an outstanding job at renewing a genre that has really had a lot of misses in recent years; he has paid tribute to some of the best and most innovative in CGI and blockbuster filmmaking and has created with Into The Storm an exciting and excessive treat for the eyes and ears.

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