Review: Into the Storm
Released by New Line Cinema on 28 August 2014
Length: 1h 29m
Source: Seen in cinema
Cast: Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Max Deacon, Nathan Kress, Alycia Debnam Carey, Arlen Escarpeta, Jeremy Sumpter, Lee Whittaker.
Storm trackers, thrill-seekers, and everyday townspeople document an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes touching down in the town of Silverton.
When I first heard about this movie, I was intrigued by the whole storm concept. I have always loved disaster movies, like The Day After Tomorrow, 2012; I really liked those. When I found out Richard Armitage was playing one of the main parts, I decided I definitely wanted to see this movie. I became a fan of Richard after seeing him as Thorin in the Hobbit and I am trying to see more of his work, including Robin Hood – a BBC TV show.
Into the Storm is about – the title says it already – a storm. A massive storm that will destroy everything on its path. We follow four different groups: father Gary (Armitage) and son Trey (Kress, aka Freddie from iCarly); Gary’s other son Donnie (Deacon) and Kaitlyn (Debnam Carey); storm chasers Allison (Wayne Callies), Pete (Walsh), Jacob (Sumpter), Daryl (Escarpeta) and Lucas (Whittaker); and two guys called Donk and Reevis. At some points in the movie, these people come together and separate again, but they are kind of the main characters of this story. The movie was filmed in a sort of documentary style; made to look like it was filmed from handheld cameras, a news helicopter, security cameras, etc. It really added something nice to the movie, it made it feel more real – as if the events of this movie actually happened and the people in it are showing it to the rest of the world so they can ‘save lives’ (a line actually spoken in the movie).
Personally, I think this is a movie you just have to see in the cinema, because the loud noises in the movie are so much better in the cinema, than if you were to watch it from your computer or a TV at home. Normally, I am not a fan of loud sounds in a movie (especially not if it’s a horror movie) but I really thought it fit with this one. But I did get very anxious at some points, when people were about to get sucked into a tornado, or when houses were being destroyed – I didn’t want anyone to get hurt, but of course it will happen in a movie like this. The actors all did a very good job, I really liked all the characters; and I felt a slightly bit annoyed at two certain characters, which of course means the actors did well. I just can’t believe why people thought this movie sucked. Also, I know Richard as an English person and for this movie he had to talk with an American accent of course, and I think he did a very good job. I did kind of miss his Thorin voice though.
The special effects weren’t super special, but seeing those storms made me really happy because that is what I love. Of course, I don’t love the destruction a storm like that leaves behind, but seeing a storm like that form and move – it looks amazing. (I would never ever want to do the job Allison, Pete and their crew did thought, I am way too scared for that, hahaha). The music was also amazing, it just really fit into the movie, and later on I found out the music was composed by Brian Tyler who also did the music for Thor: The Dark World, which is just one of my favourite movies at the moment (also because of the music).
In the end, I really liked Into the Storm, and I’m glad I went to watch it; because a lot of people told me the movie was crap and not worth paying money for. But I really liked it and I will definitely rewatch it again if I can!
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