"The Hurricane Heist": ETF Review
Chasing the Storm...
Today we are driving head long into the storm and taking a look at The Hurricane Heist from director Rob Cohen. Yes, that's right, the man who kick-started the Fast and Furious franchise. This film stars Maggie Grace, Toby Kebbell, Ryan Kwanten, and Ralph Ineson
I went into this film completely blind. I never saw a trailer or a TV spot. In fact, the only things I knew about it was that it was set during a hurricane, people were trying to steal something, and who the director was. As it turns out, this film follows thieves attempting a massive heist against the U.S. Treasury as a category 5 hurricane comes bearing down on the town.
With a title as blatant as The Hurricane Heist, I didn't expect very much going in to this one. Other then, of course, a heist during a hurricane. But unfortunately, that is really all this film has to offer. This is a film that was populated by a mediocre cast, playing poorly written and very text book characters.
Most of the actors in this film are well known for playing supporting characters in bigger films and TV series. I'm not saying that these actors are bad, but at the very least they often appear in films where they don't have a lot to work with. So I have to say that because of this the acting isnt anything to write home about. The special effects in the film were decent, I had no problem with them for the most part.
Aside from this one effect that took me right out of the film both times it was used. If you have seen the film, or when you see the film, you will know exactly what I am talking about when I say...the skull.
What in the ever loving f***?! I honestly understand the idea behind its use. But it was terrible to include this in the film. It almost made the storm that this film is set in seem like some kind of supernatural force that was wreaking havoc on the town. Which doesn't fit in with the rest of the film at all. If they had maybe included this effect into the film in a deeper way, or at the very least explained why it was that way through a character's perspective, I honestly would have accepted it.
But nope...its just there.
The action sequences are for the most part pretty standard, but mixed in with a few that were waaaay over the top. I found the most interesting thing about this film being the car that the main character was driving in. Which if that was the take away...this one needed work.
For the average movie goer, this will probably be a fun experience at the very least. If you are going in just to see some action and disaster, then you will find this film to be tolerable.
I'm gonna have to give The Hurricane Heist a D+.
This movie isn't terrible, but it isn't great nor is it memorable The biggest take away from it is an obvious one, don't try to pull a massive heist during the most dangerous storm in history. I suggest waiting for this film to hit Netflix to avoid having to pay to see it, unless you have Movie Pass like I do, so it won't take a hit on your wallet.