Marlborough Mid-Week : September 17th 2014
ENTERTAINMENT MARLBOROUGH MIDWEEK, SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 15 Holding on: Richard Armitage and Sarah Wayne Callies in Into the Storm. Photo: SUPPLIED Disaster movie not quite up to mark L ove them or hate them, there is no denying that disaster movies have their uses. More than just making money for Hollywood studios and helping to sell popcorn, disaster movies serve a useful civil defence purpose. Let’s face it, no ‘‘fix, fasten, don’t forget’’ commercial by the Earthquake Commission is ever going to come close in its visual impact to the sort of thing Hollywood regularly comes up with. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if there were spikes in the sales of things like batteries, candles, facemasks and baked beans whenever films like Volcano or Contagion come out. The latest disaster movie to hit NOW SHOWING BY MATT LAWREY Into the Storm (M) ★★★ (out of five) screens is Into the Storm. A bit like an updated Twister, Into the Storm is about the impact of a swarm of tornadoes on a small town in Oklahoma. Caught in the path of destruc- tion are a high school, a family, a couple of teens, a couple of Jackass-wannabes and a team of documentary makers. Made in the so-called found footage style, Into the Storm isn’t the smartest or most original film you will ever see. It’s not especially well acted, the script is rather average and none of the characters are particularly appealing. Compared to most films of its kind it also feels a little light in the budget department and it doesn’t feature anyone that you could really call a star. Parts of the plot don’t particu- larly make sense and the story feels more like an excuse to set up action sequences than a plausible narrative. The best-known face among the cast belongs to British actor Richard Armitage whose most famous role is that of Thorin Oakenshield from The Hobbit. As the leader of the company of dwarves, Armitage boasts a thick, luxuriant beard and masses of flowing hair. Here he is about as clean cut as you can get. He also spends a lot of time yelling in one of the year’s least convincing American accents. Serious trainspotters might also recognise character actor Matt Walsh as the head stormchaser and TV actress Sarah Anne Wayne Callies as a scientist. Early on I found myself think- ing that the best thing about Into the Storm might end up being the fact it’s only 89 minutes long. By today’s standards 89 minutes is mercifully short. However, it turns out there was something else worth celebrating and that’s a few tense storm sequences that capture both the mesmerising beauty of twisters and their awful destructiveness. Computer generated tornadoes rip the roofs off buildings, toss trees like matchsticks and hurl huge vehicles around like toys. Director Steven Quale, whose last film was Final Destination 5, does an admirable job of putting his audience in cinematic harm’s way with use of decent effects and good sound. As far as disaster movies go, Into the Storm is no The Impossible but it does what it says on the box. ❚ Bottom line: Average movie with above average twisters. LI$T WIN A $ AND 4,000 SHOPPING SPREE FOR YOUR NEXT HOME!* Just list your property for sale with one of these licensed real estate agencies and go in the draw to win… A total of $4,000 worth of goods from the below supporting businesses. 6202640AA For more information read the Property Express on Thursday!
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