Oh August. How I love this month. And by love I mean hate. August is the summer blockbuster dump month for every movie company out there, and it turns the month into the second worst month of the year behind January for movies. (Which is also why every movie company is pissed at Marvel for putting Guardians of the Galaxy at the start of the month because it was a genius business decision by Marvel and is taking all the money to be made this month.) So it's hard to not have that in your mind as you watch a movie like Into the Storm. The main reason I wanted to watch this movie was because it's main star was the tornadoes. And it accomplishes what it sets out to do: showcase tornadoes. Its special effects are spectacular and they do a great job showing off the tornadoes. The only problem is that there's more movie. If there were 89 minutes of tornadoes, I would have been happy! But there's an attempt at a story in this and it is laughably bad. Just show tornadoes guys! Gosh....
Hysterically terrible. That's about the best way to describe this story. Actually, I think the shot above is the best way to describe this movie. See anything wrong with that shot? How about WHY THE F*CK ARE YOU JUST STANDING AROUND AND WATCHING A TORNADO COME DIRECTLY TOWARDS YOU? I mean you want to talk about YOLOing it.....Jesus! And there are scenes were the human beings in this movie are trying to save each other with the tornado LITERALLY three feet in front of them. No! If a tornado is that close to you, YOU'RE DEAD. This isn't a "oh these guys have the accuracy of a stormtrooper" type of situation. This is simply saying f*ck the laws of nature. That's why I classify this movie as science fiction. Also, there are a ridiculous amount of corners cut in order for this "story" to be told. And it just really takes you out of it. It also does not help that the acting in this is equally bad. You might be thinking to yourself well obviously! But there is some talent in this movie that just completely misfire on their characters. Most notably Richard Armitage as the dad figure. You probably don't know his name but he is in fact Thorin Oakenshield in the cash-grabbing Hobbit trilogy. That's right. The head of the dwarf company is the lead character here, and he is TERRIBLE. He is screen-hogging to the max in this, and it turns into a performance comparable to Kiefer Sutherland in Pompeii earlier this year. Except Armitage has nowhere near the same reputation as Sutherland to overact simply for the hell of it. Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori Grimes in The Walking Dead) is also in this as the lead actress, and she's alright. But Armitage is hogging the screen too much to really notice her. Matt Walsh is also in this. You know, that one guy with minor roles in movies like Ted and Due Date and The Hangover? So it seems only logical to put him in a drama about storm chasing right? I bet you can figure out the answer to that one yourself. Ok I should shut up on my tirade on the actors in this movie. You get my point. But they are basically all terrible and one dimensional. And, well awful.
There really isn't much this movie does right other than the tornadoes. Now granted that's its main objective, so I can't really complain, but it honestly doesn't get much else right. And since tornadoes can't talk last I checked, you aren't going to be able to make a good drama around them. And since what they do is destroy things, you aren't really going to connect with them either. So.... you gotta have more than that if you want a good movie. But with bad directing, editing, acting, and writing, this movie falls flat on its face. Go effects department! Woot woot! I rest my case, your honor.
But seriously, this movie sucks. If you want to see tornadoes in a movie, go get some beers, Redbox it, and have some fun yelling at the screen. For everyone else, your time is better spent elsewhere. Like seeing Guardians of the Galaxy again! Ya. Go see that again. NOW.
The Critique: Tornadoes
The Recommendation: Watch it if you like tornadoes.
Rewatchability: Moderately low with a high risk of tornadoes
The Verdict: 3/10 Bad. Tornadoes.