INTO THE STORM was directed by Steven Quale and starring Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Arlen Escarpeta, Max Deacon, Nathan Kress, Jeremy Sumpter, Kyle Davis and Jon Reep.
The opening scene of this disaster thriller shows a car full of high school kids who get caught in a tornado that touches down in what looks like a subdivision. After this we meet the crew of professional storm chasers, some redneck looking adrenaline junkies and some of the local townspeople. The movie spends close to thirty minutes with introductions and character development. Once we finally get introduced to these people, things begin to get really crazy, really fast when a number of tornadoes begin to touch down and it’s nothing like anyone has ever seen before or recorded in weather history.
The movie becomes nothing more than a special effects roller coaster extravaganza as we watch these tornadoes go crazy and touch down all over this small town and its surrounding area. It’s pretty cool watching this small team of storm chasers and that cool vehicle of theirs brave the elements and even though they think they’re prepared for these kind of weather conditions, what they end up facing is nothing like they have ever seen before, I’m talking about a fire tornado and a twister that ends up being the size of a small town. As cool as all of this is, watching the goofy adrenaline junkies do what they do was not only crazy fun and action-packed but these scenes were hilarious. I guess my favorite part of the entire movie was when we watch the tank like vehicle that belongs to the storm chasers get pulled up into the giant tornado and we get to watch it ride the wind into the eye until it reaches the very top of the twister but of course a roller coaster ride this awesome has to come to an end and this ending is not a pretty one. I really liked the POV camera work here as well. We gt that a lot in this movie and it’s all shot really well and looks great on screen. Anyway, eventually this super storm comes to an end and we get to see who all survived this super-sized natural disaster.
Okay, I know this movie has been compared to the fan favorite movie from the mid 90’s Twister but to me it takes everything to the next level of extreme and I enjoyed it more. The story was fun even though it had a little cheese to it. I feel like the character development took just a little too long but it’s nothing that bad. The special effects for the movie was easily the main attraction here and it all looked crazy cool and so realistic. There was plenty of nail biting action scenes, some jaw dropping shots of the devastation that these tornadoes do to this small town and all of the damage they leave behind. All of the acting was great and director Steven Quale did a great job telling this story and bringing it all to life.
The Combo Pack packaging comes with a slip cover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of extras. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality were both crisp and clear.
Bottom line is, Into the Storm was a really fun disaster movie that went even further than Twister. The special effects and these crazy tornadoes are easily what stands out in this movie and they seriously did their homework creating these things. This Combo Pack releases on November 18th and is worth checking out just for the insane special effects, that crazy fire tornado and the storm chaser tank ride in the eye of the super twister.
Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Run Time: 89 Minutes
Languages: English, Spanish, French and Portuguese
Subtitles: English, Spanish and French
Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 (1.85:1) Region A
Blu-ray Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio
DVD Video: Widescreen 16×9
DVD Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Special Features: Good stuff! Quale and company really did their homework for this movie and you get to watch some of that in these featurettes below. They even show how the crazy fire tornado was created and how they made it look so real.
- Into the Storm: Tornado Files
- Titus: The Ultimate Chasing Vehicle
- Fake Storms: Real Conditions