Into The Storm review
Ok, so I’ve seen Into The Storm…actually a few times, including the premiere in NYC as well as on a few of those extra large screens too (not IMAX since I discovered that Guardians of the Galaxy has monopolized all the “real” IMAX screens around the USA, as it was released one-week before Into The Storm). To help the bottom line, I encourage all RA fans to see it on the extra big screen with the enhanced sound. (And the bottom line for Hollywood is how much a movie earns as opposed to how many people see it.) Having seen the movie at both the extra large screens and the regular screens, I would say I do prefer the extra large screens, especially since the special effects plays such a big part in the spectacle of this film. (Each cinema chain has their own name for their extra large screen: Cinemark XD, AMC ETX, Regal RPX, Rave Xtreme, Marcus Ultrascreen, Galaxy Theater’s DFX, Essex Cinemas TREX, Carmike Theater’s Big-D screens to name a few.)
Now for the movie itself, it’s a good summer escapist film. The special effects are incredible. There’s excitement, thrills and edge of your seat moments… and Richard’s character lives! (Sorry if this is a spoiler, but leads don’t usually die in these kinds of films.) I just wish there was a little more character development. But I suppose these types of films tend to place a greater emphasis on the spectacle and less on the people. I thought Richard did the best he could with the role he was given. Plus, his American accent sounded authentic. (There were only a couple of times when it seemed a little off… maybe not quite American, or not quite mid-western.) Matt Walsh was good in his role as the lead storm documentarian. I didn’t find Sarah Wayne Callies’ character very endearing (or maybe it’s just SWC - as I’ve read that she also didn’t engender much love for either of her characters in The Walking Dead or Prison Break). Nathan Kress’ character was, to put it bluntly, a brat - a cocky, know-it-all. But Max Deacon, playing Richard’s son “Donnie”, impressed me the most. The script allowed his character to show the most emotion and he very effectively portrayed those emotions in one particularly moving scene (which I won’t detail further to avoid spoilers). He also absolutely nailed the American accent! Max may be a newcomer compared to many of the others in the cast, but I’ll be keeping an eye on his career - he shows great acting chops and I hope Hollywood will take note.
The best Richard scenes are the ones where his gets to show emotion as he embraces his sons (I don’t think this is a spoiler as the ‘net has been filled with pics of these scenes). I agree with others who have said they don’t think this film will do anything to raise Richard’s Hollywood profile (the movie is much more an ensemble piece, so he doesn’t stand out as the lead actor), but that it won’t hurt his career either. At the very least, I’m glad Richard got a US work visa from this film and I hope he’ll be able to get more work in the US to maintain that visa.
I recommend going to see Into The Storm - it’s brainless, exciting, summer-time fare!… and you RA fans, go see it more than once!!! Let’s band together to show Hollywood that Richard is a box office draw!