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Into the Storm

Into the Storm
Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Max Deacon and Nathan Cress

Rated: PG-13 for sequences of intense destruction and peril, and language including some sexual references.
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: August 8, 2014 Released by: New Line Cinema

A new tornado disaster film (in the ilk of Cloverfield) clocks in like a cartoon and provides a cautionary tale that may heed most to devotees of 'The Weather Channel' and 'climate change.' And, boy the aftermath of destructive forces looking almost like otherworldly figures leaves its share of visual doozies including a tricycle in a station wagon's door.

Into The Storm, directed by Steven Quale (Final Destination 5) stars Richard Armitage and Sarah Wayne Callies as Gary and Allison two single parents who come together during a nightmarish day when the town of Silverton is ravaged by extreme weather that Callies's motivated meteorologist Allison who should be home with her 5-year-old Grace is part of the lenses of professional storm chasers.

The weather service has forecasted something that shakes up the lives of some folks like Gary and his kids Donnie (Max Deacon) and Trey (Nathan Cress) who want to provide a kind of time capsule (poking fun about a generation later and how they'll look).

Once the chaos ensues Donnie is trapped in an old paper mill with Kaitlyn (Alycia Debnam-Carey) and Gary joining forces with the storm chasers as some of the visuals aim to rival earlier successes like Backdraft, Twister and the more emotionally resonant The Perfect Storm. Here, the making of approach for the profit of Pete and even Trey for a quick $3,000 has its eye-popping moments but is more fleeting dramatically than the erratic unrelenting and reforming cyclones (funnel clouds as Pete's super vehicle tank with special boring devices to help protect a storm drain and tremendous wind shearing).

Nearly all of the cast including courageous townspeople and Jackass type folk like Jon Reep's Reevis (there for much comic relief) maybe out of an Easy Rider time warp address the camera in this more enervating than exciting experiencing of Mother Nature. It's probably a must for thrill seekers and lovers of special effects, but besides Callies and Armitage the sleepy town of Silverton and the viewer is at the unprecedented onslaught of a force of nature packing winds up to 300 mph. If only it had a little subtlety and grace of a probably long forgotten picture with Morgan Freeman, Elijah Wood, Tea Leoni, and Robert Duvall, it would inevitably have packed a little deeper impact.

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