Into the Storm
starring Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Arlen Escarpeta and Nathan Kress
written by John Swetnam
directed by Steven Quale
This is a movie about Pete, a documentary film maker, chasing twisters in Oklahoma. It’s true, there are scientists and documentarians who do precisely that in the American states known as “Tornado Alley.” Into the Storm was kind of a rip off of Twister (1996, starring Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt), except it was more exciting. More twisters, more destruction. About the same quality film as far as story goes, although the stories are different. Chasing tornados is the only thing they have in common.
It was exciting to watch, but I kept thinking “Why the f__k do these people stand around with digital video cameras filming the disaster? Get out! Run away, why don’t you?!” That’s what I’d be doing. At least, I hope so. The best scene was when a cameraman, more devoted to getting the best footage of the twister than to protecting his own life gets sucked into the violent funnel cloud, which just happens to be on fire because of a nearby fuel spill. He goes round and round burning to death in the storm’s fury. Karma is so sweet! There’s almost no better feeling than the feeling you get watching a paparazzo get killed.