I haven’t written a film review in a while (mainly due to the fact that I haven’t visited the cinema in a few weeks now), but last night I went to see Into The Storm. Directed by Steven Quale, the film centres on a family dangerously close to losing each other, and a documentary team who put their lives on the line to get close to storms for the perfect camera shot. With numerous tornadoes hitting the town Silverton, the crew have plenty of footage to get, risking their lives whilst also helping the citizens of the community get to safety.
The film’s father Gary (Richard Armitage) and his two sons – Donnie (Max Deacon) and Trey (Nathan Kress) – find themselves torn apart by the freak storms, leaving Gary and Trey to carry out a rescue mission to save Donnie. Joining the documentary crew – made up of Pete (Matt Walsh), Allison (Sarah Wayne Callis) and Jacob (Jeremy Sumpter) – it’s a race against time as the tornadoes tear through the town, leaving them vulnerable to a nightmare of storms, flying cars and falling buildings.
With tornadoes appearing left, right and centre, the group have plenty of run-ins with twisters and lightning, and it’s not long before lives are taken.
Incorporating handheld cameras taken from shots of the characters’ cameras as they record the happenings in their town, the film stylistically looks as though it could have been made by anyone (which I think is what its intentions are – if not they need to rethink their techniques!).
The storms and tornadoes aren’t as horrific or over-the-top like something from The Day After Tomorrow (dir. Roland Emmerich, 2004), but they still managed to leave me with a new fear of freak tornadoes (luckily we don’t get them here where I am), so its not as if their tornadoes are drawn onto paper and photoshopped into the film – they’re realistic enough! The CGI is quite impressive, and the handheld cameras add to the realist tones of the film (although sometimes I had to think “why would you film this on your camera? This is a private conversation/There is a tornado right there, run away and put the camera down!”)
Into The Storm is definitely one to see if you like seeing destruction, a few nail-biting moments, a little love story between teens, parents desperate to get to their children and thrill-seekers chasing tornadoes.