Into the Storm is Twister with an unknown and much-less talented cast, director and writer. Action expert Jan de Bont directed Twister. A not so impressive Steven Quale, who did the sleep inducing Final Destination 5, directs Into the Storm.
It's penned by John Swetnam, who wrote Step Up All In that is also opening this week.
Into the Storm is a character-laden story with tornadoes torturing the dinky town of Silverton. It has one group chasing the storms to do a documentary, another group is trying to avoid the storms, and a father and brother and -- eventually the storm chasers -- go on a rescue mission to find a missing son and sibling.
It stars The Hobbit's Richard Armitage and TV stars Sarah Wayne Callies of the The Walking Dead and Matt Walsh of Veep.
Three good things about Into the Storm: Swetnam and Quale manage to mostly resist the temptation to link their tornado-chasing movie to global warming. Just one line is uttered about twisters someday torturing Los Angeles.
Secondly, it's short.
Third, the effects aren't bad.
But the movie is boring. Unfortunately, you can't do much with a movie about tornadoes that hasn't been done before. This one is incredibly predictable and could use a plot twister or two.
Director: Steven Quale
Stars: Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Max Dearon, Nathan Kress
Mr. Movie rating: 2 stars
Rated PG-13 for mature themes, violence. It's playing at Regal's Columbia Center 8, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.