DIRECTOR: Steven Quale
NOT A PART OF OUR COLLECTION
May Contain Spoilers!
Will we be adding this to our collection? MAYBE
Seventeen years since the mix bag that was Twister (1997), up until now the tornado movie, Into The Storm attempts to dethrone the blockbuster. But This isn’t a blockbuster, this is a small movie, with big effects and a tight narrative, for want of a better word.
The cast which is led by British actor Richard Armitage, who is best known for his role as Thorin in The Hobbit Trilogy, this ties in nicely to the very real and tragic events of 2012/13 and the devastating tornadoes which where so well captured on CCTV and phone cameras, and charted the destruction of several towns at the hands of Mother Nature’s most malevolent weapon.
This explains the choice of having the film be a slightly unholy combination of found footage and conventional film making by trying to embody the well documented events and the visual style of the domestic footage from these real life events but at times, it feels odd and forced.
As do some of the clichés such as the out of touch widower (Armitage) and his two sons, who look nothing alike by the way, and it was a shame because the pacing is good, the action is fine but the visuals are stunning, truly capturing the sheer and unbridled power of tornadoes, with the airport scene in which passenger jets are picked up and dropped from the tornadoes grasp is amazing, as was the more horrific moment in which a twister hits some burning wreckage and becomes a tower of fire, drawing a man to a fiery death.
Overall, Twister opened the door for demonstrating the power of tornadoes in the 1990’s and even though the story was rubbish, the effects and scenarios still hold up today but I think that it is time to move over for Into The Storm, which looks and feels to be much more relevant to this decade, and underplays things just enough to be both visually exciting as well at a decent enough demonstration reel as to the awesome, yet destructive might of the Mid-western twister.