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Parents' Guide to

Into the Storm

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Disaster pic has intense storm sequences but so-so plot.

Movie PG-13 2014 89 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 8+



This title has:

Too much violence
age 12+

Be blown away

Time passes and as summer ends it is hurricane and tornado season, as 2014 was a real life natural disaster for Blockbuster cinema with flop after flop. Disaster movie ahead of it´s time with mindblowing VFX and lots of feelings. No need for an 12 time Oscar just good enough for an watch in the Weekend with the nerds. In consumerism lots of gadgets and violence of course the star the scary tornados.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (11 ):

Audiences looking for the most jump-worthy storm sequences since Twister are in for some killer, genuinely gasp-worthy moments with Into the Storm. Because there are multiple tornadoes, there are plenty of harrowing, catastrophic scenes of the twisters touching down, plowing through neighborhoods, and sucking up everything from cars and planes to people (of course). Distracting from all the devastation is comic relief provided by two drunk yokels who think that if they follow the actual storm chasers around recording the storms with their phones, they'll score instant YouTube celebrity. It's not so funny when characters start getting killed, but these disaster movies apparently need all the laughs they can get -- like a throwaway one-liner about the aftermath looking like a zombie apocalypse, a wink-wink joke directed at Callies' devoted Walking Dead fans.

There's not much of a plot here beyond "storm chasers head to a town suffering from a day of awful back-to-back storm systems," but at least the performances are all up to the task. Armitage, best known as the severe dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit trilogy, is possibly the fittest high-school assistant principal ever and a believably righteous dad who will stop at nothing to save his sons; Callies is the level-headed foil to Walsh's greedy filmmaker, who seems to care more about tornado footage than possible casualties, and the young actors do their best to seize the moment, however doomed it might be for everyone else. Some laughable plot details might be hard for adults to overlook, but once the storms hit, you'll be too busy oohing and ahhing (or closing your eyes) to care.

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