‘Into the Storm’ Trailer: Thorin Versus The Tornado

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Steven Quale’s upcoming disaster film, Into the Storm, isn’t a sequel to 1996′s Twister – they’re not even related on a tangential level – but the above trailer gives a sense that the former is attempting to follow up the latter all the same. Sequels, after all, are all about trumping the original, bringing more spectacle that’s greater in scope so as to outmatch their predecessors, and that’s exactly what we appear to be getting here: not just one tornado, but multiple tornadoes, ripping through a hapless burg in small-town America.

Apart from that, though, we don’t appear to be getting much else. Into the Storm actually has an impressive cast that starts with Richard Armitage (The Hobbit) and ends with Matthew Walsh (Veep), with the likes of Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead) and Jeremy Sumpter (Friday Night Lights) in between; what it doesn’t have, at least if we take the teaser at face value, is much by way of a story, though maybe the script got blown away by the gale force winds of Into the Storm‘s gang of tornadoes.

The lack of a narrative here is probably part of the point, though. With films like Into the Storm, your ticket is bought and sold based on the concept, and not the narrative backing it; you’re either into movies of this genre, or you’re not, and you know you’re going to hit the multiplex to check it out even before you know any plot details.

Of course, there is a plot here, involving storm chasers as they set out to document a multiple vortex tornado that touches down in Silverton (Colorado, perhaps?) and promptly begins to lay waste to every last inch of scenery that gets caught in its path. If one tornado is bad news on its own, then we can only imagine what kind of damage a herd of cyclones could do.

Here’s the full synopsis:

In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot.

Into The Storm Into the Storm Trailer: Thorin Versus The Tornado

Seems like Armitage, Callies, Walsh, and Sumpter all play one of those aforementioned stormchasers, though that little summary doesn’t really give away much in terms of specifics. Presumably, a future teaser will be a bit more forthcoming with introducing characters and setting up relationships. For now, enjoy some unapologetic mayhem, courtesy of Mother Nature and Quale, whose stint as director on Final Destination 5 may benefit him as he figures out how to creatively dispatch his supporting cast members.

In addition to Into The Storm‘s trailer, New Line has also released the first one-sheet for the film. It’s just as basic and bare-bones as the footage, but it’s striking in its own way – the sense of scale, with the lone human facing down the cyclone, is certainly appreciated.

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What do you think, Screen Ranters? Will Into the Storm be a worthy entry in the cinematic niche of natural disaster movies? We’ll find out in the waning days of summer.


Into the Storm hits US theaters on August 8th, 2014.

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  1. i will forgive the cgi since it is released at the end of the year. but the story looks crap. but i wont give a crap about story if the weather scenes are amazing. i watched the day after tomorrow dozens of times because of the tornado scenes and all the disaster scenes. thats what makes these movies for me so i hope its like that.

    but i also get a low budget tv vibe off this so i dont really know what to make of this movie right now.

  2. Thorin has faced a mountain! Now he fights a storm!!

    This movie looks terrible and it’ll prob get nominated for Oscar just like Gravity.

  3. First trailer (not the teaser) out today and I already like the vibe better than Twister – love natural disaster movies and this is a must-see.

  4. Having once lived in the northern edge of the Tornado-Alley belt in Illinois at one time, I know some of those storms can really ruffle your perm to the max! Hope this flick does not just blow alot of air! Kind of thinking, tho, you’ve seen o0ne disaster flick, you’ve seen ‘em all.

  5. Hey, look up in the sky, among the clouds…isn’t that Halle Berry getting her revenge on overly-critical X-Men fans?!

    • Lol maybe this all takes place during that one scene in X2 where she summons a horde of twisters to fight off 2 jets. I always wondered if those tornadoes did any damage to anyone on the ground.

  6. This film is missing one thing…

    R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman

  7. whelp speaking of twister i think I’m gonna go watch that haha twister is a great movie one of my all time favorites, but

    this looks pretty cool. story seems bland and the cgi is unfinished as noted above but it looks like it can be a fun time at the theater to kill two hours and watch some tornados.

  8. Meh.

  9. I guess I was the only one who came to this story because I though it said, “THOR in versus the tornado.”

  10. geez thats looks cheap

  11. “Twister” is a great movie because it is realistic and believable. This movie just looks like a “end of the world” kind of weather event movie. Could be fun to watch at home if it’s not taken seriously I guess.

  12. Ridiculous. Looks like a bad SyFy Original Movie, just with slightly better effects. Twister is one of my favourites and I watch it at least once a year. It has rather realistic tornadoes and storm chasing scenes, and fun characters. This looks terrible in comparison (and seems to have done away with any worthwhile characters right from the start).

    Isn’t it funny how often attempts to one-up another movie are a surefire way to make an inferior flick? Bigger isn’t better. Better is better and less is more.

  13. The planes flying through the air like leaves in the final scene of the preview had me laughing out loud. Even tornadoes can’t do that — can they? Imagine if a hurricane film showed the wind tossing ocean liners through the air up onto the beach.

  14. I can not waite to see this new move coing out….friday august 08, 2014
    into the storm. 5* star.

    gus aliberti- storm watcher 19 yrs.

  15. By comparison to this trailer, the old training movies from the National Weather Service about tornadoes are classy. And they weren’t made with special effects–just hand-held movie cameras!