Into the Storm Movie Review
Well, that just happened. Warner Bros. somehow managed to remake Twister without a real screenplay, and the result is Into the Storm, a tornado thriller that is best left to the winds of time.
While Twister was no Oscar-winner, it had a real cast, straightforward characters and a comprehensible script. Into the Storm… lacks all of those things.
Featuring some of the worst dialogue heard in 2014, ridiculously cheesy characters and a story that seems to have been patched together at the last minute, Into the Storm is often painful to watch. Its redeeming value comes in the form of its tornado action, which, while often cheesy in its own right, at least achieves a sense of scale and threat of death (whether you care about any of the characters enough to worry if they die is another matter).
But even when something is happening that doesn’t require dialogue, director Steven Quale and writer John Swetnam manage to mess things up. The climax is pretty atrocious, highlighted by a scene where a “tornado tank” is pulled so high into the air that the driver gets to see the horizon above the clouds before plummeting back to Earth. Maybe it sounded cool at some point in pre-production, but it’s the kind of money shot you want nothing to do with in a movie that is supposed to be serious.
People who like mindless action and can overlook shortcomings in the basics of moviemaking may find something to enjoy with Into the Storm, but for the rest of us… Twister is the better option, even 20 years later.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.