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Mother Nature flexes her power 'Into the Storm'

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'A harrowing day in Tornado Alley'

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Tornadoes are one of the deadliest occurrences of nature. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Storm Prediction Center, the tornado count of 326 during June 2014 is the most for any month since May 2011 (depending on the final confirmation rate).

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‘Into the Storm,’ the surprise of the summer action-packed disaster thriller from New Line Cinema, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures looks at this climatology disaster. This engaging motion picture is directed by Steven Quale (‘Final Destination 5’), and produced by Todd Garner (‘Zookeeper,’ ‘Knight and Day’).

In the span of just a few hours, the city of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of the most furious twisters they’ve ever seen. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run toward the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot.

Told through the eyes and lenses of professional storm chasers, thrill-seeking amateurs, and courageous townspeople, ‘Into the Storm’ throws you directly into the eye of the storm to experience Mother Nature in all her powerful glory.

The movie focuses on a high school principal (Gary/Richard Armitage) and his teenage sons Trey (Nathan Kress) and Donnie (Max Deacon). The family is struggling with the loss of their mother/wife. Through a series of circumstances, they become unlikely allies with Pete (Matt Walsh ) a professional storm chaser with questionable ethics and his team when they are thrown in the path of the storm.

The comedic relief in the film is provided by amateur thrill seekers attempting outrageously dangerous stunts in hopes of becoming internet stars. They film their outlandish exploits so they can post them on the YouTube® and experience their 15 minutes of fame.

‘Into the Storm’ stars Richard Armitage (‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,’ ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’), Sarah Wayne Callies (TV’s ‘The Walking Dead’), Matt Walsh (‘Ted’), Alycia Debnam-Carey (‘Where the Devil Hides’), Arlen Escarpeta (‘Final Destination 5’), Max Deacon (‘Hatfields & McCoys’), Nathan Kress (TV’s ‘iCarly’), Jeremy Sumpter (‘Soul Surfer,’ TV’s ‘Friday Night Lights’), Kyle Davis (‘Friday the 13th’) and Jon Reep (‘Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay’).

Despite the lightweight dialogue, the audience is able to become invested in the film due to the fast-paced story played out on the big screen. The dynamic scenes in the movie are shot within breathtakingly awesome views of the majestic storm as it wreaks havoc on the countryside along the infamous ‘Tornado Alley’ (A nickname given to an area in the southern plains of the central United States that consistently experiences a high frequency of tornadoes each year).

It creates an exhilarating viewing experience (courtesy of great CGI) as it thrusts the audience directly in its path. It is an interactive experience as houses fly, livestock soar, and brilliant lightening streaks across a jet black sky. But, you begin to think ‘For the love of Mike, why don’t these people have storm shelters in this town as citizens are thrown around like mannequins in a storefront.

‘Into the Storm’ is an unlikely ‘Must See’ viewing experience that will have audiences talking about the visually stimulating scenes and high-end action that show one of the most frightening natural occurrences’ in all its terrifying grandeur.

‘Into the Storm’ opens in theaters August 8, 2014 (2D and IMAX®). It is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense destruction and peril, and language including some sexual references. It has a run time of 1 hour and 29 minutes.

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