‘Into the Storm’ is a Big Dumb Tornado of a Movie

GameStop, Inc.

storm-1

Found footage is a blight upon cinema. As I’ve said before, it’s a constrictive style that is inherently uncinematic. When we think of something as cinematic, thoughts of John Ford’s vistas of Monument Valley or Greg Toland’s shadowy cinematography from Citizen Kane come to mind. It’s hard to think of a jackass with a handheld camera shaking around as something that screams cinema. Now it seems that most of the found footage films are just half-assed remakes of better films. Devil’s Due was a found footage Rosemary’s Baby, for example. Into the Storm, which opens this Friday, is the found footage version of Twister.

On the day of the local high school graduation, the residents of Silverton, Oklahoma have no idea that a massive tornado storm is headed their way. The vice principal of the high school, Gary (Richard Armitage), is a widower raising his two kids, Donnie (Max Deacon) and Trey (Nathan Kress). For some reason, Gary has Donnie and Trey recording a video time capsule. Meanwhile, a team of storm chasers are attempting to capture footage for a documentary. With his armored storm chasing vehicle, the Titus, Pete (Matt Walsh) is a desperate storm chaser. Tensions with Allison (Sarah Wayne Callies) and other members of his crew, Daryl (Arlen Escarpeta) and Jacob (Jeremy Sumpter), are rising as they bicker over the right path to the storm. At the high school, Donnie ditches his duties as videographer of the graduation in order to assist his crush, Kaitlyn (Alycia Debnam-Carey), work on a video project of her own. The storm hits the high school and Gary ends up teaming with the storm chasers in order to find Donnie.

If not for the found footage angle, Into the Storm might have had a chance to be just stupid fun. As is the case with found footage films, the set up takes so long because it has to explain how and why everything is being filmed. It’s a method that invites questioning of logic because its intended goal is visceral realism. Watching a character die because they have to “get the footage” does nothing but make you openly root for the character’s death. If you’re standing next to a fire tornado and are more concerned with saving a recording than your own life, you’re pretty much asking for a grisly demise. Had the film been conventional with brief glimpses into the perspective of people recording it’d be far more interesting. As it is, two people trapped under rubble and deciding to keep the camera rolling is just the kind of idiotic behavior that one should expect from characters in a found footage movie.

Steven Quale has worked as a second unit director for James Cameron on Titanic and Avatar. As a director he did the gleefully absurd Final Destination 5. With Into the Storm, Quale has made a film that lacks any originality or artistry. The script by John Swetnam, whose Step Up All In also opens this weekend, populates the film with these incredibly bland archetypes that wastes some of the finer members of the cast. With Matt Walsh, a versatile and likeable comedic actor, as an egotistical storm chaser, the film fails to exploit his talents to make the film dumb fun instead of just dumb. Basically reprising her role from The Walking Dead, Sarah Wayne Callies offers nothing much new or of interest. It’s like she’s been forced to be in meandering works with great effects and no real narrative momentum. Richard Armitage, as the father who is at first stern and then learns understanding (how original), has some of the worst line deliveries in film full of horrid line deliveries.

There’s a kernel of stupid fun hidden under all the shaky cam nonsense of Into the Storm. The film attempts light moments of comic relief, but they never really work. When the film is trying to be serious it winds up being rather comical (I laughed more than Sex Tape). But the found footage angle is so tired and frustrating that it buries what minor charms the film has with an illogical mess. The film even ditches the found footage angle at random only to return to it seconds later. It does this early and often. Into the Storm is as loud as it is dumb. That’s really loud and really dumb. A Twister for nincompoops.

 

 

Anytime Costumes

Leave a Reply

FanboyNation
Animation/Anime Interviews Animation/Anime News Animation/Anime Reviews Film/TV Interviews Film/TV News Film/TV Review
Paul Crowder and ‘Boss’ Wooldridge Talk ‘The Blue Angels’ Doc – Interview

Director, Paul Crowder and Flying Ace, Greg “Boss” Woolridge talk about...

Eric Bana Talks ‘Force of Nature: The Dry 2’ – Interview

Eric Bana Returns for the sequel to ‘The Dry‘ in ‘Force...

Letitia Wright’s Talks about her Latest Film ‘Aisha’ – Interview

Letitia Wright’s latest film, ‘Aisha‘, a story about immigration, resilience, friendship...

Event News Event Reviews
Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ Takes You to A Whole New World at Segerstrom – Review

Disney’s Aladdin takes the audience on a thrilling chase and a wonderous place...

Dark Harbor Returns to Long Beach on The Queen Mary this Halloween

The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor Returns to Long Beach for the...

It’s Showtime! ‘Beetlejuice’ is a Hit at Segerstrom Center of the Arts – Review

It’s Showtime! ‘Beetlejuice‘ is a Hit at Segerstrom Center of the...

Automotives Football MMA, Kick Boxing & Boxing Professional Wrestling
Oscar De La Hoya Partners with El Rey for ‘Friday Night Fights’ – Interview

The Golden Boy himself chatted with us about Golden Boy Promotions...

Olympic Runner Colleen Quigley ‘On The Road to Paris’

Team USA Olympic Runner, Colleen Quigley is On The Road to...

Paralympian Swimmer Ahalya Lettenberger On The Road to Paris

Team USA Paralympian Swimmer, Ahalya Lettenberger is On The Road to...

Adult Continuity Comics on the Can Cultural Junk Drawer Future Comic Rock Stars Is That Racist? Revisiting the Reviled THAT'S NOT ROTTEN! The B-Reel The Cantina Scene This Week in Crowdfunding What the HELL Did I just...?
Fantoy Comics Presents: Harry Potter and the Pahrump Apocalypse part something: Hermione and the Mini-gun pt 2

Have a lead salad instead!

Fantoy Comics Presents – Harry Potter and the Pahrump Apocalypse part ?: Hermione and the mini-gun pt 1

It can't fire more than 6,000 per minute!

Fantoy Comics Presents: Harry Potter and the Pahrump Apocalypse: Kurt v Sid – HASTA!

Hasta La Vista Baby!

Music Interviews Music News Music Reviews
Joe Kwaczala Talks About His new Comedy Album ‘Funny Songs & Sketches’ – Interview

Joe Kwaczala Talks About His new Comedy Album ‘Funny Songs &...

Songwriter and Poet, Tamara Mechael Talks About Her Career in the Arts

First Generation Assyrian-Chaldean, Songwriter and Poet, Tamara Mechael Talks About Her...

Louden Swain Headlining Los Angeles Show at The Echo

Press Release – Louden Swain are headlining Los Angeles show at...

Enabled Gaming Gaming News Gaming Reviews
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League Gameplay Trailer

The first Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League gameplay trailer was revealed during...

Wonder Woman Game
Wonder Woman Game Announced By DC and WB Games

Wonder Woman game will feature the iconic hero in a 3rd...

MultiVersus
MultiVersus brings Batman, Arya Stark, Bugs Bunny, and More

MultiVersus is bringing Shaggy, Harley Quinn, Jake, Batman, Arya Stark, Bugs Bunny,...

Comic Creator Interviews Comic/Graphic Novel News Comic/Graphic Novel Reviews Manga News Manga Reviews Novel/Novella Author Interviews Novel/Novella News Novel/Novella Reviews
Gary Morgenstein Talks ‘A Dugout to Peace’ the Final Installment of his Trilogy

Gary Morgenstein Talks About ‘A Dugout to Peace‘ the final installment...

Chris Clews Is ‘Raised on the 80s’ and Shares Those Life Lessons

Chris Clews was ‘Raised on the 80s‘ and Shares Those Life...

Roye Okupe Brings Authentic African Representation to HBO Max and Cartoon Network

Nigerian-American, Roye Okupe brings authentic African representation to HBO Max and...

Apparel/Personal Maintenance News Apparel/Personal Maintenance Reviews Entertainment Product News Entertainment Product Reviews Food/Beverage Reviews Hardware News Hardware Reviews Mystery Box News Mystery Box Reviews
Harry Potter: Magic Caster Wand Demo

The new ‘Harry Potter: Magic Caster Wand‘ is ready to ship...

Chef Jen Peters and Matthew Clayton Bring us the ‘Good Flour’

Canadian Super Chef Jen Peters and Matthew Clayton Bring us the...

Pop Insider 2021 Holiday Gift Guide
Pop Insider 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

The Pop Insider 2021 Holiday Gift Guide is now available to help...

Gaming Uncensored Toon-In-Talk
Episode 38: Hamid Rahmanian

Join Whitney Grace as she speaks with artist Hamid Rahmanian, who...

No Preview
Toon-In Talk Episode 37: Niki Smith

Whitney Grace interviews graphic novel writer and artist Niki Smith about...

Toon-In Talk Episode 36: Rob Paulsen

Rob Paulsen takes some time from his busy voice acting schedule...