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Movie review: 'Into the Storm' leaves a mess in its wake

Far too many words can be used to describe just how epically bad that Into the Storm is. The catastrophically rancid film opens Friday (Aug. 8) on area screens.

Devastation awaits a small town in "Into the Storm."
Used with permission of Warner Bros.

If there were any justice, it would not be there too long to fleece money from unsuspecting movie fans. The film cribs liberally from Twister, the 1996 film that starred Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton and changed the summer box office calendar by being the first to move to an early May release, proving that warm weather blockbusters could thrive in the spring.

While Twister had its cheesy charms, not to mention a stellar cast that also included a very young Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Cary Elwes and Alan Ruck, it also had some semblance of a plot.

Coming in at a brisk 89 minutes, Into the Storm barely has enough plot to blow through the move theater. Thank god for brevity.

As for the cast? The most prestigious name comes in the person of Richard Armitage, who’s done much better work in two Hobbit films thus far.

He stars as Gary the vice principal at a small town high school,who at 40 is a widower and has had trouble relating to his sons since their mother’s death. He’s about to get a refresher course in how to be a dad.

Meantime in another part of the movie Peter (Matt Walsh), a documentary filmmaker and storm chaser (sound familiar) wants to do nothing more than get the perfect storm filmed for prestige and posterity. Needless to say he gets his wish in the form of multiple tornadoes savaging a rural town.

Written by John Swetnam, it features a cliché-filled script with dialogue that has to be endured. The only real shock is that someone actually directed it as written. That honor went to Steven Quale.

Into the Storm arrives just as the summer movies slips into silly season. It doesn’t get much sillier than this.

Movie: Into the Storm
Director: Steven Quale
Cast: Richard Armitage, Matt Walsh
Studio: Warner Bros.
Rated: PG-13 for sequences of intense destruction and peril, and language including some sexual references.
Running time: 89 minutes
George’s rating: 1.5-of-5 stars
Check for theaters and showtimes at Atlas Cinemas, Cleveland Cinemas, and

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