Sunday 29 March 2015

Review: Into the Storm (2014)

I watched this film on a plane with pretty severe turbulence.  Tip: Don't watch this film on a plane with sever turbulence!!  It was like a 4D experience...
I had actually completely forgotten about this film until I saw it in the options on my flight, so I thought I would give it a go, I was a huge fan of Twister so it's got to be similar to that...right?

Into the Storm follows Gary (Richard Armitage) - who I have just realised was Thorin in The Hobbit, he looks soooo different!! Madness! - on a quest to rescue his son, a team of storm chasers and various townspeople during a barrage of tornadoes hitting the town of Silverton.

The film isn't actually that memorable, I remember being on the edge of my seat during parts and holding onto the arm rests but can't remember why.  This I think is where Twister takes the edge, it has much more memorable scenes that have gained somewhat cult status since it's release (the flying cow scene).  This film however, I don't really remember any specific scenes, although I did find it relatively entertaining throughout.

To be fair, you could sense the limited budget from the outset, it had a bit of a Sharknado feel to it but without being awesomely ridiculous, therefore neither clever or funny.  I was hoping for an improvement on Twister in regards to CGI but to me, there was no improvement in fact I think Twister's effects are still better.

I didn't feel much for any of the characters, Armitage and potential love interest Allison (Sarah Wayne Callies) share no chemistry whatsoever.  None of the characters are particularly likeable or relatable leaving you with a dull sense of 'meh' when one nearly dies or actually does die, instead of the twinge of sadness that you should get.

Love the idea and was reasonable entertained throughout but the lack of character chemistry meant I had limited investment in the outcome of the film.


  1. Great review! I'd probably watch this if it came on TV or something. I don't really have expectations for it.

  2. What's Sharknado without the awesome ridiculousness!?!?!?!