Starring: Toby Kebbel, Maggie Grace, Ryan Kwanten
Director: Rob Cohen
Runtime: 1 hour, 43 minutes
Action | Crime | Thriller | 2018
Since I live in the Midwest, I know nothing about actual hurricanes. I know how tornadoes are, I feel like those two things are similar, though I don’t doubt for one minute that hurricanes are the worst types of storms possible when it comes to destruction of buildings and towns. The hurricane in this film, as per what the characters all say, is the worst anyone has ever seen. I’ll be honest, I had such a hard time believing that a hurricane can damage buildings in the way portrayed on screen. I’m not saying it’s not true, just that it seemed unrealistic to a woman who knows nothing about hurricanes other than the damages and floods that I’ve seen on the news recently.
The Hurricane Heist stars Toby Kebbel (Planet of the Apes), Maggie Grace (the girl who was taken), and Ryan Kwanten (the guy I couldn’t stop thinking was a young Chris Hemsworth). Maggie Grace plays Casey, a government worker who tries to stop the robbery of the US Treasury in a coastal town of Alabama. Toby Kebbel plays Will, the meteorologist with the kick ass weather car (I love Storm Chasers). And Ryan Kwanten plays Will’s brother Breeze (oh my… how did I not realize his name was actually Breeze? I feel like I never heard them say his name once). The three of them work together to stop the thieves from their plan.
Though the plot of it sounds ridiculous (It is) the film is full of action that isn’t forced at all like some other action/crime drama movies I’ve seen. I love the incorporation of the storm vehicle and how they used the storm to their advantage the entire time. Again, I don’t know how accurate some of the things on screen were, but it was fun to watch and not at all boring. This film has the same director as the first Fast and Furious movie, so that’s probably why all the chase scenes and gun fights are well thought out and exciting.
I can’t say that this is a quality movie, but it’s definitely entertaining and worth the watch. The storm portrayal itself reminds me of The Day After Tomorrow (which I love this movie, I don’t care what David says) and the overall plot line has Fast and Furious written all over it. If you’re reading this and you’re a meteorologist, please watch the film and tell me what, if any, is actually possible in a storm like this. I know that winds are in the 100 mphs and all, but can it really pick up a semi? Or pull a house off its foundation like something from The Wizard of Oz? I’m going to give this film a “Liked it” rating (3.5/5).
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