Into the Storm (2014) is an American disaster thriller found footage movie. It was filmed in Detroit, in Rochester, Michigan and the following schools: Oakland Charter Township, Oakview Middle School and Oakland University. All the schools are located in Michigan. Director Steven Quale (Titanic (1997), Avatar (2009), Final Destination 5 (2011)) disappointed me with Into the Storm. The movie appeared cheap as though the budget had a restriction. I had high expectations for this movie because the director made some of my favorite movies that I often see. I blame it on a poor script and I think the director did the best he could. Into the Storm, we see a storm approaching a group of high school students that are driving. They notice it is a tornado, and they stopped the car to take a look at it while one of the girls are begging them to drive away. It was a little too late when they decided to drive away because the tornado caught up to them, swoop them away and needless to say - they all died.
High school vice principal Gary (Richard Armitage - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)) told his two sons to record messages from the seniors in Silverton town in Oklahoma. The messages will be stored in a time capsule that will be opened 25 years later. Pete (Matt Walsh - Old School (2003), Due Date (2010), The Hangover (2009), Ted (2012)) is a serious storm and tornado chaser that tries to film them using his high tech equipments and his heavily armored vehicle that he names Titus. A group of storm chasers decide to go to Silverton in the effort to film the tornado that is about to take place. Pete and his group are faced with a hailstorm and tornado that they are filming. The tornado changed course and headed towards the high school that the kids are participating in commencement ceremonies as part of graduation. The students were rushed into the school building after the tornado siren went off alerting them of the disaster ahead. The students were shocked to see the aftermath as Gary went to crumbled paper mill to rescue his son Trey (Nathan Kress - Babe: Pig in the City (1998), Chicken Little (2005), iCarly (2007)) and a friend.
Pete and his group decided to help Gary get into town to rescue his son. On their way to the mill, another tornado hit and destroyed a residential neighborhood while circling in on Pete’s vehicle. Pete’s camera man is killed, and the team questions Pete’s standard as to their safety. They discover Pete is willing to sacrifice whatever in order to get his data from the tornado. Gary’s son and his friend tried using their phones to call, but all connections and signals are lost. As they are losing hope, a pipeline breaks and starts flooding the area that they are in. They decided to record messages on their phones for their families to hear as they fear death. Will they survive - watch the movie and see. A colossal EF5 tornado is gearing towards the town and Pete’s team fears that the residents taking shelter in school building will not make it. Pete’s team drove to the school and alerted them that they are not safe. The residents load themselves into school buses (reminds me of Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla (2014)) and flee to safety but one school bus and a few cars did not make it due to a power line falling. Who will die and who will survive - watch and see!!!
The special effects were excellent; the storyline was good, the actors and actresses were okay.
About Into the Storm (2014)
Starring: Diezel Ramos, Kyle Davis, Jeremy Sumpter, Jeff Hill, Sarah Wayne Callies, Scott Lawrence, Arlen Escarpeta, Mike Ancrile, Michael Matthews, Ron Causey, Kim Adams, Ralph A. Recchia, Abe Larkin, Frank Zieger, Patricia Lynne Cissell, Joe Kras, Stephanie Koenig, Chris Brewster, Michael Ellison, Alycia Debnam Carey, John W. Hardy, Taras Los, Julie Ariane Russell, Steven Hauptman, Ralph H. Meyer, Linda Gehringer, Apollo Bacala, Jacob Godzak, Joseph Jerry Morton, Rick Wooley
Director: Steven Quale
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