“The Hurricane Heist” Review ✦✦✧✧✧

8 April, 2018

Director: Rob Cohen
Screenwriters: Scott Windhauser, Jeff Dixon
Director of Photography: Shelly Johnson
Toby KebbellMaggie Grace, Ralph Ineson

Synopsis: A coastal town prepares for a catastrophic Category 5 hurricane which brings with it the opportunity for a daring heist targeting $600 million in treasury funds.

Hurricane Heist Review:

Trash cinema at its most absurdly frivolous, “The Hurricane Heist” combines “Sharknado” vibes with “Geostorm” schlock, miraculously coming together a smidge better than both movies as self-awareness adds a laugh to the end of every impact. Unfortunately the resulting triumph comes with a bitter turn as the film’s naturally witless mode of address crowns it the standout amongst only the worst examples of its kind, a badge unable to be worn with honour in a film aware of its own shortcomings yet unable to prove itself as a competent action movie with an engaging concept.

To laugh at oneself comes with the territory here but the movie’s straight-to-DVD vibe leaves viewers in permanent limbo, unsure whether to laugh or cry in the face of such ineptitude while relishing the stark entertainment value of the film’s ridiculously overplayed tornado robbery. The “Frankenstein” of disaster movies, brought to life by jolts of thunder and lightning, “The Hurricane Heist” crashes cars and chases storms, staring into the eyes of oncoming doom and making the resulting trajectory abundantly clear in all of its underestimations.

The question here is how to judge a movie like “The Hurricane Heist” which goes out of its way to be scoffed at and ridiculed yet fails to become absurd enough to earn the title of parody. Supervised by Rob Cohen, the man behind disasterpieces “DragonHeart” and “Stealth”, the movie shows no signs of ever becoming a worthwhile action bonanza, feeling more like a paracinematic confusion without enough sharks or monsters to justify its discount aesthetic. Confidently presented with a lack of reshoots apparent in its ability to live up to its trailer, “The Hurricane Heist” refuses to be humiliated by its idiotic screenplay, focusing instead on the dynamism of disaster and turning friends, colleagues, brothers, and strangers into mere pawns in a game of destruction.


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