‘Into the Storm’ Trailer: Clash of the Tornadoes

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Warner Bros. has unveiled the full trailer for Into the Storm, this year’s addition to the Hollywood natural disaster sub-genre that probably looks like “Twister on steroids,” to a lot of people. The preview itself is a maelstrom of story threads and filmmaking styles; at times, it appears as though the film is a straight-forward race-against-time thriller – one revolving around a working class father (The Hobbit trilogy’s Richard Armitage) who attempts to rescue his son, all while an onslaught of tornadoes batters his home town of Silverton silly.

On the whole, though, the events of Into the Storm appear to unfold from the perspective of multiple characters, including those of a graduating class of high school students, as well as a team of storm chasers that counts Walking Dead veteran Sarah Wayne Callies among its ranks. Just as confusing, though, is how sometimes the trailer paints the film as being a stylistically conventional action/thriller – yet, at other times, the movie appears to fall closer to faux-documentary and/or found-footage territory, in terms of the aesthetics and narrative structure.

The short of it? Into the Storm seems to be a collection of sequences of CGI tornadoes devastating the landscape, strung together through a series of thinly-sketched plot threads with equally under-cooked characters – natural disaster destruction porn, so to speak. That’s not to say Into the Storm will, per se, be a waste of time and little more; director Steven Quale’s previous movie, Final Destination 5, was also quite flimsy in the storytelling department, but it made up the difference (in terms of entertainment value) by instead offering a number of 3D horror movie sequences that were both cleverly staged and well-executed (no pun).

into the storm trailer Into the Storm Trailer: Clash of the Tornadoes

Indeed, perhaps it’s best to think of Into the Storm as a unique twist on the slasher horror sub-genre, where the killer is a tornado (make that tornadoes) instead of “Death,” a la Final Destination. In that case, the most pertinent concern to have about the film is that screenwriter John Swetnam (Step Up All In) might’ve not been able to come up with a sufficient number of creative variations on a scenario where people are being “attacked” by a tornado. The trailer footage is a bit repetitive in terms of how the tornado “attacks” unfold, but it’s possible that the actual movie will not be.

… Then again, seeing how the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot opens in U.S. theaters the same day as Into the Storm, it remains to be seen if the latter can avoid being dead on arrival, as far as the box office returns are concerned.


Into the Storm arrives in U.S. theaters on August 8th, 2014.

Source: Warner Bros.

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  1. The Day after Tomorrow Tornadoes Please :)

  2. Typical American action-porn.


    • oooh… I’m soooo sophisticated and only watch east european art porn while showing off my superiority by mocking that dumb ‘murricans

  3. The effects are top notch, but the story seems to be a little over the top to me. Well, I supposed they didn’t have any choice but go bigger and louder than Twister. Unfortunately the cinematography doesn’t come even close to Jan de Bont’s beautiful looking movie. Just the usual cheap TV-like handheld point’n’shoot stuff, with not much thought spent on framing and composition.

  4. that twister at the end seems like a lot bigger than a f5

  5. I think this looks like fun. I’ll go see it. XD

  6. I’m sure this film will fill all the theaters in OK… If they are still standing. Way to go Hollywood.

  7. A found footage tornado film. come on with the damn found footage bs already.

  8. I love found footage and feel it has plenty more years left but honestly, this seems like someone heard all the talk about previous films in the genre telling a story from different perspectives (notably when people wanted a Cloverfield sequel to tell the events of that night through someone else’s video camera) and just thought “Hey, you guys, you know what will sell millions of tickets?”.

    The end result is Into The Storm.

    I guess I can commend them in a way because we normally have disaster films with characters running away but here, we could see some running towards it with camera in hand to capture the devastation up close interspersed with traditional “run away!” scenes. It’s sort of innovative, even if it doesn’t work judging by this trailer.

  9. That junk looks bananas! Count me in!

  10. I don’t think the intent here was to create some award winning movie but to produce a thrill ride via the movie theatre screen. I can easily see feeling like you are in the middle of the storm and who would not pay money to experience something safely at the same time feeling like its close to real. Granted there are no ride gimmick in the theatre like you have with the 4D rides at UNIVERSAL STUDIOS but with 3D film making and great sound you can make the experience of watching the film very immersive and I think that’s what INTO THE STORM is going for.

  11. Boring.

  12. I guess unless you have actually faced a devastating tornado you won’t understand the word fear…there are no story plots to unravel because they just happen. An F5, a bunch of tornados at one time? I’ve been in one, I can’t imagine having several plus an F5 like one town , in real life…a boy that had just graduated was sucked out of his car, took them awhile to find him. The trailers look real, so yeah, not going to be boring at all. Just sit there and watch and think, this could really (and has) happen.