Late Review. Saw film on opening day
Ever since the movie Twister (1996) I've always been awestruck with the destructive power of tornados. And finally a new film about them that, pardon the pun, blew me away.
Into The Storm is a pretty fascinating movie, all told through the presence of 'Found Footage'. The tornados look pretty darn amazing, as my mouth dropped more than once at the sight of these monsters forming and laying waste to all that stands in their way. It made me grateful that I live somewhere tornados never appear(no disrespect to you who live in Tornado Alley.) Effects on the building were pretty amazing as well, as particle physics for every small piece of debris (including the larger pieces) was believable. The characters in the film looked really believable as well, since this is a found footage film, each character that appears on screen no matter how small their role has an history and their own hopes for the future. And through the film we see that change in character through this disaster which is a nice change as most of the time a disaster movie focuses on the main cast only, leaving no room for minor characters. It makes the movie feel like watching a real life event happening in real time.
While the film was really amazing visually and character wise, there were a few small issues. Since this is a found footage film, I found it a little distracting when an action shot of the destruction didn't have a source. Since most other shots were given an identity(news chopper footage, security camera, etc.), it was slightly distracting when a shot had no origins to the camera filming it. The ending, while I suppose was intended to relieve any stress gained during the film(laughter helps lighten the mood and makes us feel good after all), I felt it kinda spoiled the ending. The film seems to be wrapping up now, characters are picking up the pieces with renewed optimism, and then this ending makes us all groan and laugh. Could have been left till after the credits, but now what's done is done. One last nit pick was the physics in the movie were... a little stretched. Mainly the news chopper footage as a monster twister is forming. THAT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN! The winds wouold be too strong, and in all cases any helicopter in the area would be grounded during the whole storm. Safety first? Ha! Safety third and tenth, more like it. Also, twisters are very noisy. In some scenes, the characters could have heard it coming a mile away, yet they did nothing until the monster was right on top of them! What are these, Predator Twisters? Striking with out notice or sound? I know they would have heard them coming, cause in one case when a twister hit St. Louis International Airport in....2005 I think, the passengers didn't hear the approaching monster in the night until the huge windows of the airport exploded from air pressure from the storm. Mainly cause the windows at an airport are made to dampen noise from loud aircraft. Last nit pick; the storm chaser's vehicle was designed nicely, but I've seen better suited machines than that. Mainly there was no protection about the base of it. During a tornado, the wind reaches under objects to the point they become airborne. So no matter if that car had stabilizing outriggers that punch into the ground, enough air gets under it and it's flying regardless.
Despite it's issues, Into the Storm was an amazing film. Visually amazing, and fascinating character wise. With it's issues, I give the film a 9.2 out of 10. Watch this movie if you want, its worth it in visual effects.
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