Daffy entertainment, not to be taken too seriously
- The Hurricane Heist review by BG
You know what you're getting with this film; The Hurricane Heist lays its cards on the table with its 'Ronseal' name. It's an action movie about a heist during a hurricane, directed by Rob Cohen.
He's a guy you may have run across before - the director of a great many flashy but lightweight action movies with slightly barmy concepts, like Dragonheart (talking dragon teams up with Dragon-slayer), Stealth (talking smart-plane goes rogue), and his highest profile hit, The Fast and the Furious (talking Vin Diesel teams up with...you get the picture).
They're all films choc-full of likeable characters with paper-thin back stories, mildly forgettable villains, and enjoyable action that takes centre-stage and is often augmented by good effects/CGI.
This movie is the same.
'Will' ruins his older brother 'Breeze's (no, seriously) life as a kid by making it plain that a blatantly imminent bad event will be all his fault if it happens. Said bad event obviously happens. We jump to many years later, and Will (Toby Kebbell) is now a professional storm chaser and has basically been given a tank by the US Government. Breeze (Ryan Kwanten) is an alcoholic mechanic who they decided would be the best person to have on speed-dial for the local Treasury facility. Maggie Grace is 'Casey', the maverick but brilliant Treasury agent responsible for the $600 Million in used notes that has to sit in the Treasury until the hurricane has passed and the shredder is working again. (Seriously - you couldn't make this stuff up! Oh, wait, somebody did...)
Naturally the incredibly obvious Bad Guy decides he wants to rob the place, with the aid of another Incredibly Obvious Bad Guy and a pair of hackers. We know one is a hacker because he has a clipped English accent and a neck tattoo. We know his girlfriend is a hacker because she's alluring and has every accent in the world at some stage, but rarely for two consecutive scenes. It doesn't seem to matter. It's that kind of movie...
The drama hits the fan, hostages get taken, and Casey and Will end up running around town getting shot at during the worst storm on record, while bad guys get clouted by scenery, bullets, and over-elaborate escape plans.
Naturally for one of Cohen's movie, the effects are a lot of fun. They decide to eschew the normal look of an approaching hurricane (just lots of boring rain and mist whipped up by wind) and go for an ominous 'walls of clouds rushing across the ground' effect that would be more in keeping with something like the movie Twister crossed with the alien arrival scenes of Independence Day. It's daffy, but it works and it looks very dramatic. Similarly, while the plot and physics of the rest of the movie both beg a LOT of disbelief, the stunts and CGI remain exciting, and this ends up (like most of this guy's movies) just a little better than you expect.
If you're after an undemanding but exciting time and are happy to leave your expectations of realism and consistency at the door, try Hurricane Heist. You'll have a blast. (Sorry).
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