Saturday, August 9, 2014

Into The Storm, English Hollywood Film Movie Review, Johnson Thomas, Rating: * * *

Into The Storm, English Hollywood Film Movie Review, Johnson Thomas, Rating: *  *  *


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#IntoTheStorm(English) Rating: * * * Mesmerisingly activated FX fuelled disaster encounter of the ‘#Twister’ kind- unfortunately the effect is not mind-blowing mainly because the story and performances look far too out of the eye of the storm to make it compelling! # WarnerBros #RichardArmitage #ArlenEscarpeta #MaxDeacon #NathanKress #JeremySumpter #KyleDavis #JonReep #ScottLawrence #SarahWayneCallies #MattWalsh #AlyciaDebnamCarey #StevenQuale


English Film Review
Johnson Thomas 
Too many storms in this tea-cup
Film: Into the Storm
Cast: Richard Armitage, Arlen Escarpeta,Max Deacon, Sarah Wayne Callies, Nathan Kress, Jeremy Sumpter, Kyle Davies
Director: Steven Quale
Rating: * * *
 
In an attempt to go much further than ‘Twister’ Stephen Quale designs an unprecedented disaster, supposedly a freak of nature- several tornadoes combing to form the mile long mother of all tornadoes and it’s quite a thrilling experience mainly because of the meticulously rendered CGI.

In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones. The storm chasers run towards the vortex, risking their own mortality for that once-in-a-lifetime shot. Told through the eyes and lenses of professional storm chasers, thrill-seeking amateurs, and courageous townspeople, "Into the Storm" ratchets up the ante by throwing you directly into the eye of the storm. Yeah. There’s a scene where one of the professional storm-chasers goes up right into the eye… You cannot get any closer than that!

Director Steven Quale’s found-footage Monsterstorm extravaganza is explosive in terms of sound outage(Dolby Atmos) and visual glory but the one ingredient that makes a movie memorable whatever it’s genre, is missing. The human element. The people in the movie are little more than background dancers dancing around the tune of the Director’s freak storm jugglery. 


For most of this movie the chief  characters appear busy , dysfunctional and self-absorbed. You never get to know them intimately or feel for their plight. Almost every character in the movie is pointing and shooting all the time: the Titus crew; the Silverton student body and amateur Jokers Donk (Kyle Davis) and Reevis (Jon Reep). Silverton School Principal Gary’s(Armitage) eldest  son, Donnie (Max Deacon), even skips out on the graduation festivities to help his unrequited sweetheart, Kaitlyn (Alycia Debnam-Carey), reshoot parts of an activist documentary at an abandoned paper mill and of course, their camera keeps rolling even after the whole place caves in, trapping them under the rubble. It’s not a very believable scenario. Doesn’t seem like anyone is scared of the storm.  The acting is also just a little too laid back to suggest impending doom. Everyone in focus seems to be looking on the entire sequence of events(played out in by the numbers efficiency) as an adventure trip.  
 So the engagement is limited to the VFX ( by around 7 VFX companies) which acts as the film’s only worthy calling card!




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