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Into the Storm

6/10
Action . Thriller
 

The town of Silverton is in one day destroyed by the unprecedented power of a series of tornadoes. The population is at the mercy of the unpredictable and deadly cyclones, while hunters warn that the worst is yet to come. Most people find shelter, but some just go to the tornado for that one, unique shot.

 
Actors: Arlen Escarpeta , Max Deacon , Brandon Ruiter , Kyle Davis , Jeremy Sumpter , Alycia Debnam Carey , Nathan Kress , Matt Walsh , Sarah Wayne Callies , Richard Armitage
Directors: Steven Quale
Country: USA
Release: 2014-08-08
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  • James Berardinelli

    Into the Storm is as straightforward a disaster film as you're likely to find.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    It's hard to imagine any movie ever topping this one's depiction of killer tornadoes laying waste to the Midwest.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    The found-footage disaster flick Into the Storm is “Twister’’ for dummies, but by no means is that an insult. The new film is enormous fun if you’re in the right mood.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Louis Black

    Into the Storm captures the magnificence of tornadoes, their awful beauty when they set down, the devastation they wreak, and the enormity of their consequences. The film features a rich array of well-developed characters – including the storm itself – which makes it ever more involving as it unfolds.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Bring on the bread and circuses. Into the Storm features laughable dialogue, far-fetched situations, and generic characters played by actors who almost look like more famous stars. I still had a blast; and if you lower your resistance, you may too.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Kevin C. Johnson

    Not all of it makes sense, but for disaster movie fans, Into the Storm has enough destruction to go around.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Its story line and performances are no more than serviceable, but those terrible twisters are state of the art.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    To give the film its full due, the people who made it — the writer, John Swetnam, and the director, Steven Quale — got wind of a genuine trend and ran with it. Everyone on screen is busy filming everyone else. It's a shakier-camera version of "The Blair Witch Project" in the era of YouTube.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    The film barely services the main characters and their arcs, so there's really no room for the sort of delicate etching needed to make supporting characters live and breathe. The film is at its best when it embraces the goofy nature of disaster films in general, and when it gives the audience the red meat it craves so desperately.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    Into The Storm is an uncanny valley disaster movie — not as consciously cheesy and cheap as something like "Sharknado 2," but built around a similar equation of unreality and gratification.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    The structure and impressive effects of Into the Storm could keep viewers entertained on a rainy weekend evening but it’s the shallow, non-existent characterizations that keep it from working.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Nicolas Rapold

    This film is actually less menacing than marveling, though a disturbing opening scene in a storm-tossed van could fit right into Mr. Quale’s earlier work.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    One-dimensional characters play second fiddle to the main event. Given the large cast of faceless players, it's hard to care when a few get sucked into oblivion.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    If we don’t care a whit about the characters and their respective dilemmas, a multiple-vortex tornado ripping through a used car lot is just a multiple-vortex tornado ripping through a used car lot.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Into the Storm plays like a special-effects demonstration in search of a movie, but you have to give it to the filmmakers: They take no half-measures.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Christopher Gray

    There are many instances of questionable logic in Into the Storm, but the most persistent is the film's unexplained assumption that tornado-hunting is a growth industry.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    As impressive as the effects can be, as effective as the blend of TV news helicopter POV shots, security camera footage, cell-phone video and storm chaser images mimicked here turn out, the human stories are given short shrift in this “spend our budget on effects” action picture.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    As clumsy as Quale is with the sequences of people shouting exposition back and forth, or delivering teary Blair Witch-style goodbyes into a camera that would have died long before its operators, he handles the CGI action with breathless intensity.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Ed Frankl

    When you're pining for Bill Paxton and the relative emotional realism of Twister, you know you're in trouble.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Mike McCahill

    Its destructive setpieces may loose the odd popcorn kernel on to the multiplex carpet, but it's really just an effects reel: the weather – cloudy wisps turning to massive, fiery hellblasts – is considerably better developed than its quarry. Stick with Twister.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    Too cartoonish to be cathartic, and too ghoulish to be honest fun, Into the Storm is mostly a somewhat uncomfortable sit enlivened by occasional hilariousness.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    Into the Storm is at once one of the dumbest films you'll see this year and one of the scariest.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Once Quale and writer John Swetnam get their generic setup out of the way, they can loosen up and treat the tornadoes like the villains they are. The effectively simulated storms, with their massive wreckage, start to feel like monsters stalking the heroes.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Stephen Farber

    The script by John Swetnam is rudimentary, with only the most minimal and pallid stabs at characterization... Nevertheless, once the funnel clouds begin swirling, Quale and his special effects team achieve some remarkably authentic and frightening moments.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    Hollywood's latest entry in that tried-and-true genre, the disaster movie, is . . . well, it's like . . . a totally gnarly roller-coaster ride!

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Nobody watches a disaster movie starring digital tornadoes expecting Oscar Wilde. But Into the Storm, directed with bland efficiency by Steven Quayle of "Final Destination 5," reminds us that unless a movie establishes certain base-line levels of human interest, it runs the not-unentertaining risk of coming out squarely in favor of its own bad weather.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    For all the movie’s grandiose annihilation, there also is action so absurd and emotion so saccharine that the likelihood of involuntary laughter is high.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • James Rocchi

    At the climax of Into the Storm, colossal tornadoes make noise, blow things up, and go around in circles; that's pretty much all the film does, too.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Into the Storm can make it rain like nobody’s business, but when it tries to be smart, it comes out all wet.

    Variety Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    If the film had been trimmed to 45 minutes of crazed storm-chasing and storm-fleeing, it might've been worth a matinee ticket. But as is, it's the sort of lazy late-summer idiocy you'd be wise to huddle beneath an overpass to avoid.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Many movies require us to turn off our brains, and many rely on clichés and/or coincidences. It takes a special kind of shamelessness to do both, and Into the Storm has that in spades.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Kevin Jagernauth

    Even within the spinning cylinder of mediocrity that is Into The Storm, there are some minor pleasures to be had. Those are mostly found in Walsh, who is probably best known for comedic supporting turns, but makes the most with what is nearly a leading man part here.

    The Playlist Full Review
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