INTO THE STORM – Rated PG -13

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Director Steven Quale and Writer John Swetnam take us into the path of an E5 tornado – and shoot the film Documentary style too – as we go INTO THE STORM.

Tornado trackers Pete (Matt Walsh) & Allison (Sarah Wayne Callies) are joined by their entourage and have been searching the country for over a year to obtain footage of THE BIG ONE!

Almost ready to cash it in, as they have lost their funding source and are now funding the project themselves, it seems that Mother Nature is going to give them one more opportunity to track a twister, before they call it a day.

As the team is converging on the small town of Silverton, which is where Allison is convinced the twister is going to land, Teacher Gary Morris (Richard Armitage), is trying to decide if he should convince Principal Walker (Scott Lawrence) to call off graduation that evening or not, while his sons Donnie (Max Deacon) and Trey (Nathan Kress) are busy annoying him with the filming of the own time capsule videos – documenting messages to themselves for 25 years from now.

While the professionals are tracking, so are two idiotic thrill seekers from town, Donk (Kyle Davis) and Reevis (John Reep), who want to video tape the twister for YOU TUBE so that they can make bank

Unbeknownst to almost everyone except the team, two cells of storms are colliding, making Silverton a death trap in the making.  When Donnie decides to help out Kaitlyn (Alycia Debnam Carey) a girl he has been swooning over for months with a video project she is working on, both youngsters have no idea that the city is about to be literally BLOWN AWAY……

Will Pete get the footage of a twister he has been trying to get his whole career?  Will the townspeople of Silverton be able to make it through the numerous tornados that are about to ravage their city? Will Allison make it back to see her little girl that she hasn’t seen in months?  And what about Donnie and Kaitlyn…..will they seek cover in the nick of time, or perish before Donnie’s Dad and brother can reach them?

I give INTO THE STORM 2 out of 5 stars – The storyline of this film was totally predictable, most of the acting was completely subpar, and the inconsistencies with what was happening throughout the film just didn’t work for me.   The special effects from this film are very reminiscent of 1996’s TWISTER with Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton, so I wasn’t blown away from those either.  Although, one of the lead actors in this film, Richard Armitage – who could play Hugh Jackman’s brother in a future film – did catch my attention with his chiseled good looks from time-to-time, but that only lasted for so long too, as the lack of luster in this film seemed to overpower almost every positive attribute I could come up with.   I can only assume that they spent so much on the special effects that they couldn’t afford any seasoned professionals, which is what this film needed to being life to it.  This might have helped with its commercial appeal in bringing people to the theater too – I’m just saying.  Between the ridiculous idiots making it out alive, and the fact that I felt like I had already seen most of this film, INTO THE STORM didn’t leave me wanting more, it just left me glad to have spent two hours with a dear friend of mine watching it, and thankful that it wasn’t the worst movie I have sat through this year, although it came pretty close…..

Kathy Kaiser