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Into the Storm: Movie Review


"Into the Storm" is an extremely intense experience. The visuals and, most especially, the aural clarity transported us into areas where only a few men have and will probably ever behold. When the cyclones show up, be prepared to have a frolicking good time. Unfortunately, a chunk of the film won't feature deadly cyclones and, as expected, this is where "Into the Storm" stumbles into uneventful and generic territory.

In the span of a single day, the small American town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards 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 at her most extreme.

"Into the Storm" has one big problem that it never gets to solve. Basically, the premise, the characters and the plot is generic at best. Storm chasers on a storm-related film - how original right? While the film tries to do a change up on some plot elements along the way, it's frustrating that the eventual outcomes are still the usual suspects. It also doesn't help that the found footage format feels forced and out of place most of the time. We definitely get why they chose to do this; probably to have that in-your-face feel for the storm scenes. But honestly, this could have been executed using regular means without any dip in quality. Speaking of the storm scenes, this is where the film exceeds well. Visually, it was truly something to behold. But more than that, the aural experience takes you to another level. This is definitely one of the films you have to watch with the best surround sound system you can find. In our case, it was a Dolby Atmos equipped theater and we can't discount that we really felt we were inside a cyclone. Overall, "Into the Storm" has big effects, visually and aurally, that makes it enjoyable at bursts but be wary if you expect something deeper than your regular heavy action film.

Rating: 3 reels





Why you should watch it:
- visual and aural effects are something else

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- as expected, the film severely lacks any compelling plot
- found footage format feels forced and even out of place

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