Now on Blu-ray: ‘The Hurricane Heist’ Delivers the B-Movie Thrills its Title Suggests

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The Hurricane Heist

Sometimes you just have to be willing to along for the ride that a particular movie is offering you. I understand that many of my peers didn’t care much The Hurricane Heist, the wildly absurd action film that opened earlier this year from The Fast and the Furious director Rob Cohen. I don’t want to pick any fights or anything, but I wonder just what they expected. After all, it’s called The Hurricane Heist. There’s a hurricane. There’s a heist. Put the two together and you have The Hurricane Heist, and does this movie ever live up to its title. Now the film is out on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD so you can strap in and just enjoy this patently absurd cinematic experience in the warm and dry confines of your own home.

Rob Cohen’s film gives away its intentions in the very first scene, one where two brothers seek shelter in a hurricane while their dad tries to get their truck unstuck. The father is killed and as the young boys look to the ominous clouds, the storm clouds of the hurricane form a skull. That’s right, son. Hurricanes ain’t no laughing matter.

Years later, one of those young boys has grown up to become a meteorologist. Will Rutledge (Toby Kebbell) has taken the horrors of that dark day in his childhood to study the kind of storms that killed his father with the hopes of one day maybe even eradicating the storms. Will’s older brother Breeze (Ryan Kwaten) – yes, his name is Breeze – hasn’t coped so well, struggling with substance abuse. A hurricane looms on the horizon and Will tries his best to help his brother prepare for the powerful storm coming.

Meanwhile, Casey Corbyn (Maggie Grace) and her partner Connor Perkins (Ralph Ineson) are doing their job for the Treasury Department, taking old bills to a center where they’re destroyed. But this routine job just got a little complicated. Equipment is malfunctioning and the hurricane is imminent. Then Connor reveals that he’s turned his back on his job, employing a team of cohorts to rob this Treasury depot. With local law enforcement and a couple of computer experts on his side, the only thing that stands between Connor and pulling off the heist of the century (in a hurricane, no less) is one Treasury Agent and meteorologist. Oh yeah, baby, it’s The Hurricane Heist.

All of the actors in The Hurricane Heist adopt really cartoonish Southern accents, and yet they’re not particularly distracting as the accents are as silly as the action. This film isn’t a generic shoot ‘em up or Die Hard in a hurricane. As the bad guys are pulling off their daring robbery and using their guns and goons to stop the Will and Casey, Will uses his impressive knowledge of the weather as a weapon. Will weaponizes the hurricane in a counteroffensive against his criminal foes. It takes for some wild, improbable turns but each outlandish use of the hurricane is more laughable and entertaining than the next.

Director Rob Cohen, working from a screenplay credited to Scott Windhauser and Jeff Dixon (from a story by Anthony Fingleton and Carlos Davis), embraces each implausible aspect of the story and action. And yet, Cohen doesn’t give away his hand. He doesn’t have his actors play as if they’re in on the joke, which is why The Hurricane Heist works as absurdist entertainment. Rob Cohen has actually proven himself a master of massively absurd entertainment played with a straight face, such as his previous film, the J-Lo led thriller The Boy Next Door. Even out of these crazy premises, which Cohen obviously knows are crazy, the director is able to inject a level of sincerity that goes a long way into making them oddly entertaining.

How much you’ll be entertained by The Hurricane Heist can be surmised by your reaction to the title. If you hear “The Hurricane Heist” and say, “Ugh,” this obviously isn’t a movie you for you. If you hear “The Hurricane Heist” and say, “I would like to know more about this hurricane and the heist going on within,” then strap yourself in for a wild and absurd adventure, one that is in on the joke but won’t wink at you to give it away. Yeah, The Hurricane Heist is a dumb movie but it’s one that doesn’t take itself too seriously and yet remains earnest in its delivery. It’s a hurricane. There’s a heist. It’s The Hurricane Heist.

The Hurricane Heist
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A ridiculous B-action movie, The Hurricane Heist lives up to the promise of its title with an absurd sense of fun as a gang of criminals pull off a heist…IN A HURRICANE!

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