The movie follows 3 main groups with a found footage feel, although sometimes the movie seems to forget that it is found footage and we get a random camera angle from who knows where, breaking the immersion. The first group is a team of down on their luck documentary filmmakers who are out storm chasing and willing to do anything to get the perfect shot. They are well armed with plenty of cameras, meteorology equipment, and a tank of a vehicle that is used to get as close to twisters as possible. The team finds out that their funding is being pulled, but the head of the team, Pete, refuses to give up on his dream and continues on out of his own pocket while blaming Allison, the team’s meteorologist.
The second group we meet is a father and two sons. The father is the vice principal at the local high school and has tasked his sons, one of whom is the head of the video club, with making a video time capsule for the graduating class. The death of their mother and their all-business father has put some strain on the relationship between the father and son.
The last group is there for the comic relief. A duo of over the top rednecks hungry for YouTube fame. They’ll do anything to hit it big on the internet, including stupid stunts and amateur storm chasing.
I’m not a huge fan of found footage style films, but it worked for the story, but like I said earlier, there were times where we saw through the perspective of a camera that wasn’t present. This took me out of the film and left me wondering if they just forgot that the movie was supposed to be found footage for a second. The CG wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad either. Storms shouldn’t be too hard to animate though, and if the CGI isn’t perfect its hard to measure up to the big blockbuster summer movies.
Most of the characters were poorly written with forgettable personalities and terrible dialogue. The acting wasn’t great either, but it could have been better with a better script to work with. You could tell the actors were trying to do the best with what they were given. There were a few moments within the script though that did have heart, and if the characters were less bland and more likable, it would have really given these moments the emotional weight they were trying to achieve. The comic relief was spot on. Growing up in a place where the people are actually like that made it very relatable and funny, and the two characters whose sole purpose was comedy were the two best characters even though their roles were small.
The best part about the film was the action. The action sequences were a lot of fun to watch and extremely tense. The tornadoes and destruction were all very well thought out, and the variety in the twisters was pretty cool as well. (Fire tornado! YEAH!!!!)
Was it the best disaster movie I’ve ever seen? No. Was it the worst? Absolutely not. Into the Storm is a fun destruction romp with some good laughs that doesn’t achieve the emotional pull it shoots for. I wouldn’t check it out in theaters, but it’s worth the dollar to rent.