New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow Pictures have unveiled the official trailer for its upcoming "Into the Storm" found-footage disaster film, starring Richard Armitage (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) and Sarah Wayne Callies ("The Walking Dead"). Check it out below.
Plot: 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. Told through the eyes and lenses of professional storm chasers, thrill-seeking amateurs, and courageous townspeople, "Into the Storm" throws you directly into the eye of the storm to experience Mother Nature at her most extreme.
The new movie is directed by Steven Quale (Final Destination 5) and is set to hit theaters on August 8th.
minkowskiwrites: on March 27th, 2014 at 9:09:09 PM
This is nothing more than an entire movie made around the gang of tornadoes that trashed L.A. in The Day After Tomorrow.
One might opine that's they're trying to tap into global warming/climate change paranoia, but that hit a theatrical high-water mark with the aforementioned Roland Emmerich film.
This is nothing more than yet another "cataclysm" film, the same we've seen since the 1970s, just this time with a bigger budget, adjusting for inflation, and arguably better visual effects, although the hand-painted matte backgrounds employed in Earthquake> are still more impressive than much that passes for cinematic imagery these days.
Perhaps they couldn't get the rights to Twister. Who knows, and in all honesty, how the f*ck really cares?
Regardless, movies lost substance when they began showcasing the latest polygon counts instead of the work of gifted, passionate miniature artists and analogue artists, and this garbage is no exception.
Personally of course I regret everything.
Not a word, not a deed, not a thought, not a need,
not a grief, not a joy, not a girl, not a boy,
not a doubt, not a trust, not a scorn, not a lust,
not a hope, not a fear, not a smile, not a tear,
not a name, not a face, no time, no place...that I do not regret, exceedingly.
minkowskiwrites: on March 27th, 2014 at 9:37:30 PM
Of Hollywood once again turning real-life weather events into a generic disaster movie with over-the-top CGI spectacle.
And? They've been doing the same since 1970 when Airplane exploded onto the scene. That's nearly half a century. You could even go back to 1901 when the silent film Fire! (about a burning house, predating The Towering Inferno by seventy-five years) was shot. That's over an entire century.
So they're not going anywhere, and one would expect they shouldn't. The only thing that's changed is the technology used to render them, but bitching and moaning about that just makes you an Luddite.
minkowskiwrites: on March 27th, 2014 at 9:48:08 PM
Apparently from what I can tell, this isn't about environmentalism, and it's not inspired by The Day After Tomorrow. It's not based on Twister either.
Seems if anything it's a more personal look at the tornadic destruction of a town, and is told more from the human's point of view instead of merely a found-footage recollection of a marauding maelstrom.
Could also be inspired, and probably was, by the devastating Joplin, Missouri tornadic activity, which occurred in 2011, a little more than a year before Into the Storm went into production.
"And? They've been doing the same since 1970 when Airplane exploded onto the scene. That's nearly half a century. You could even go back to 1901 when the silent film Fire! (about a burning house, predating The Towering Inferno by seventy-five years) was shot. That's over an entire century.
So they're not going anywhere, and one would expect they shouldn't. The only thing that's changed is the technology used to render them, but bitching and moaning about that just makes you an Luddite."
And so that means I'm not suppose to think of it as anything other than a fresh, original, cinematic depiction of natural disasters? I'm not sure what your point is here. That it's been done before in movies does not somehow make it less generic here.
I don't necessarily mind a big ol' fun disaster flick with all the action modern filmmaking FX has to offer. But this film seems to posture a more dreadfully serious tone while still falling back extreme tornado disasters, all conveniently rolled into one narrative, that are less the product of real life and more the product of spectacle-oriented, appealing-to-the-masses studio execs, like jumbo jets by the handful being sucked up into the sky (something right out of an Emmerich film).
Maybe the trailer is misrepresenting what is actually a deeper, more intelligent and in-depth story about tornado strikes or, conversely, what is actually just a high-spirited Twister-type popcorn adventure.
But going by the trailer alone, to me it looks rote.