Into the Storm
In the town of Silverton, Donnie (Max Deacon) is charged by his father, Vice Principal Gary Morris (Richard Armitage) with filming students and locals for a time capsule project. He also has to film the high school graduation, which is going on outdoors despite a potential severe thunderstorm headed their way. By the goading of his younger obnoxious brother, Trey (Nathan Kress), Pete offers to help Kaitlyn (Alycia Debnam Carey) with her internship submission and film her at an abandoned mill. Meanwhile, a documentary crew led by Pete (Matt Walsh) are in search of a tornado. It’s been a year since they’ve spotted one and the funding is running out. His team includes meteorologist Allison (Sarah Wayne Callies) who seems to be better at missing her five-year-old daughter than predicting the weather, a trio of camera operators, Daryl, Jacob and Lucas (Arlen Escarpeta, Jeremy Sumpter and Lee Whittaker), and the heavily armored Titus vehicle with its bullet-proof glass and dozens of cameras. Allison predicts the storm cell that will produce a funnel cloud will hit Silverton, but all the other meteorologists predict Riverside. Nonetheless Pete trusts Allison’s call and soon they’re spotting tornado activity. The tornado goes along to Silverton, scraping by the high school, but it hits the abandoned mill, trapping Donnie and Kaitlyn under debris with water pouring in. Gary and Trey go off to rescue Donnie, unaware that there are more tornadoes forming. Pete and his crew keep chasing the storms, as it becomes clear that this is a superstorm of their lives. Will they live to see another day?
Into the Storm is all about the special effects and the killer twisters that hit the towns, which is an odd thing to expect an audience to want to see considering how many real-life tornadoes have wiped towns off the map in recent years, and which may explain the delay in releasing a movie that was shot in the summer of 2012. The film tries to utilize cameras within the scene to give the film a “found footage”-like feel, but it really doesn’t add anything to the final product and in the end is more annoying than anything. The story is fairly simple — tornadoes keep hitting one town, don’t die — but along with comically instantaneously forming tornadoes there are plot holes like just how long has Pete being filming: at first it’s a year, but later it’s three months… As for the characters, they are each defined by one characteristic and are otherwise forgettable, really only serving the purpose of us watching them try to outrun tornadoes. While the special effects are impressive, there is too much stupidity surrounding them to recommend seeing this on the big screen, including the fact that not once during this storm of the century does anyone mention or say anything about climate change, which is clearly the cause of such freak storms.