Monday, March 30, 2015

Into The Storm (2014) - 3 stars out of 10

Into The Storm (2014) - 3 stars out of 10

“Into the Storm” is an unsuccessful attempt at recreating “Twister” for the next generation.  Its attempt to combine the disaster film genre with the found footage genre is interesting but falls apart with a bad script and melodramatic acting.  The special effects are everything that you hope for, vividly bringing the storm and its destruction to life.  Still, you would be better off watching real storm chasers on the Discovery Channel.  It’s way too convenient for there to be video cameras in all of the places that this storm hits and the writers forgot the most important part of found footage films - the footage has to be found!  Unless there is a Truman Show-esque producer watching these characters through security cameras, the documentary crew’s footage, and home movies, there is no reason to believe that all of these camera shots would ever be compiled together.  Throw in a boy-meets-girl love story, a father-son conflict, and a single mother trying to get back to her son, and you have every cliché in the book.  “Into the Storm” tries to assemble the best aspects of the disaster film and found footage genres but it manages to do both half-heartedly instead of creating a memorable film experience.

[Pictured: You should stay farther away from the storm than these actors]

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