Possible spoilers ahead!
Warner Bros. is the studio that brought you “Twister” and “The Perfect Storm.” Now the studio brings us a tale about the biggest tornado of all time in “Into the Storm.” The film is directed by Steven Quale and stars Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, and Matt Walsh.
“Into the Storm” is your typical movie about a group of people fleeing mother nature. The characters in “Into the Storm” include the square-jawed Vice Principal of the local high school, Gary (Richard Armitage), and his two sons Donnie (Max Deacon) and Trey (Nathan Kress). Donnie is the good kid, and president of the AV club.
Trey is a bit younger and a bit more rebellious, but he’s not a bad guy. There’s also Kaitlyn (Alycia Debnam Carey) as the prettiest girl in school and the object of Donnie’s affections. Alycia Debnam Carey is very pretty and not a bad actress, but early on the director seemed a bit obsessed with her boobs. I found this creepy, since she’s supposed to be a Junior in High school.
They are joined by storm chasers Allison (Sarah Wayne Callies of “The Walking Dead”) and daredevil storm chaser Pete (Matt Walsh), the inventor of the TITUS, a tank-like vehicle that can drive right into the eye of a storm, anchor itself to the ground, and film from inside the tornado.
Finally there’s a couple of local drunks who always happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. But the less said about these two idots the better.
This movie has a ton of character,s and just like I did, it spends too much time introducing this band of generic characters before the storm actually hits.
Anywho, since “Into the Storm” focuses on the president of the High School AV club and a team of storm chasers, the entire movie is shot like a documentary. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and sometimes it works quite well. Although sometimes its a bit odd when the characters stare right into the camera.
The story (if you can call it that) is that on graduation day, Donnie finally gets the cojones to talk to the prettiest girl in school, Kaitlyn, and the two head off to finish a project outside of school. But it just so happens that the storm hits during the graduation ceremony.
Meanwhile at the abandoned mill, Donnie and Kaitlyn get stuck under rubble before we have a reason to care if they live or not. Come to think of it, we’re never given a reason to care about any these people.
The rest of “Into the Storm” features Donnie’s dad and brother join forces with the storm chasers to find the trapped Donnie and Kaitlyn as the biggest storm in history pops up. The action is mostly pointless, with the sole purpose of showing you mass devastation.
Sadly, we don’t get a reprise of the classic flying cow from “Twister,” but there are plenty of cars, trucks, and even airplanes that are tossed around. “Into the storm” even has a fire volcano which is not as cool as it sounds.
The CGI in the film is all right, but nothing to write home about. Quite frankly the storms in “Twister” were more impressive to me. And remember that “Twister” came out almost twenty years ago. “Twister” wasn’t a perfect movie either, but at least the cast was likeable.
The bottom line: When I’m rooting for the main characters to die after only 15 minutes, then you know this movie was painful to watch. I say skip it, or at least wait until it’s on Netflix and then you can laugh at how ridiculous this movie is.