'Into the Storm' (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD)
(Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Alycia Debnam, Arlen Escarpeta, et al / Blu ray + DVD / PG-13 / 2014 / Warner Home Video)
Overview: In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. 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 towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot!
Blu ray Verdict: 'Into the Storm,' shot here in Michigan was not a movie I had a lot of expectations for; sorry! I mean, I was an extra in it so I saw first hand what the issues were - we all did. I just wanted to have fun seeing huge tornadoes destroying everything in their path come the final CGI version, that's all.
And that's what I got for the most part in this movie. The first 15 minutes of this movie was so bad, the dialogue was atrocious, the characters were annoying and the writing was completely abysmal. But as the movie starts to show more of the tornadoes, it got really fun, really quick. In truth, the movie got so much better.
One of the best aspects of this movie is how close you really get into the tornadoes. You go inside it and it looks frightening and beautiful at the same time. The visuals look amazing when you're in the movie theater. This is definitely a movie that should be seen in your nearest theater, because it was such an experience seeing the tornadoes, hearing the train-like noise when a tornadoes comes barreling towards the cities and cars. It's just so awesome. And like nothing we ever saw on set, of course.
One of the weakest aspects of this movie are the characters, we just don't care what happens to them in the movie. But the tornadoes are terrific and they keep coming on at you every twenty minutes or so for two hours. Now this can be a little tiresome, but 'Into the Storm' does stop itself just in time before it completely overstays its welcome.
In the end, it's not a very good movie by any stretch of the imagination. Again, this is the film that one will either like as a guilty pleasure, like me, or you won't care for it at all. And even if you do like the movie, there is still one big lapse in the whole thing that you realize at the end. If tornadoes really did show up as often as they do in the movie in the same general area, there would be nothing left standing in the Midwest anymore. It would all be leveled! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Into The Storm: Tornado Files
Titus: The Ultimate Storm-Chasing Vehicle
Fake Storms: Real Conditions