INTO THE STORM
Another Entertaining Thriller with Too Much Foul Language
Release Date: August 08, 2014
Starring: Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne
Callies, Matt Walsh, Alycia
Debnam-Carey, Arlen Escarpeta,
Max Deacon, Nathan Kress,
Jeremy Sumpter, Kyle Davis,
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: E: ** Another Entertaining
Thriller with Too Much Foul
Distributor: New Line Cinema/Warner Bros.
Director: Steven Quale
Executive Producer: Richard Brener, Walter Hamada,
Dave NeuStadter, Mark McNair,
Jeremy Stein and Bruce Berman
Producer: Todd Garner
Writer: John Swetham
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The story follows a large number of people as they face off against the most insane day of tornadoes the world has ever seen. The core group of characters are professional storm-chasers who pursue tornadoes for footage used in thrilling reality shows on TV. Leading the team is Pete (Matt Walsh), who’s determined to get the best footage at any risk. He’s in conflict with a female meteorologist, who is determined to survive and return to care for her 5-year-old daughter 200 miles away. Their conflict fuels the human side of the tension, with a team of young adventurous cameramen caught in between.
Meanwhile, a teenage boy named Donnie (Max Deacon) and his brother Trey (Nathan Kress) are both suffering from having a distant father (Richard Armitage) who’s also their high school’s vice principal. The brothers are supposed to film that day’s graduation ceremony, but Donnie finds a way to help the girl he has a crush on, Kaitlyn (Alycia Debnam-Carey), with her own video project.
When Donnie’s father can’t find him after the high school is hit by the tornado, he enlists the storm chasers’ help in finding his son and Kaitlyn and trying to save them. The resulting tension-filled search reinvigorates the family’s bonds in the process.
INTO THE STORM is not brilliantly written, and its characters are interchangeable in many ways. However, it’s a prime example of a movie where the filmmakers know to keep the focus on outrageous mayhem, and this is what the movie delivers full force. Audiences will be on the edge of their seats from the first storm all the way through the finish. The actors deliver capable performances, but the real stars are Director Stephen Quale and his incredible effects team, as well as the superb musical scoring.
Morally and theologically speaking, the movie scores points for its pro-family message, where two sons reconcile with their distant father. Also during the story, Pete’s greedy nature is overcome by doing the right thing. There are also scenes of people helping other people survive, scenes of self-sacrifice, a scene where the characters find refuge in a Christian church, and a scene where two characters seem to be silently praying to God.
That said, INTO THE STORM has a significant, excessive amount of gratuitous foul language. A couple instances of crude language are a little salacious. Finally, there’s one short scene where two high school couples making out in a car are interrupted by a tornado.
So, INTO THE STORM is extremely exciting and intense, with lots of jeopardy, but the gratuitous foul language is annoying. Extreme caution is therefore advised. Younger, sensitive viewers may also find the movie too intense or scary.
INTO THE STORM is not brilliantly written, and its characters are interchangeable in many ways. However, it’s a prime example of a movie where the filmmakers know to keep the focus on outrageous mayhem, and this is what the movie delivers full force. The director and his effects team are the real stars here. INTO THE STORM has a strong moral worldview with brief but strong Christian, redemptive elements. However, it’s marred by a significant amount of gratuitous crude language. So, extreme caution is advised for INTO THE STORM.