Into The Storm is "technically" meant to be a found-footage film, but this shouldn't really be the case when several of the shots in this film could in no way be filmed by any of the characters. Anyway, the film follows the story of three groups of people; Gary Morris (Richard Armitage) and his two sons, Allison (Sarah Wayne Callies) who researches storms for a documentary crew, and two bogan hooligans who are in this film simply to be comic relief and play no actual part in the overall film. All of these people become a part of each other's lives when a freak storm arrives in their home town.
The best part about Into The Storm's marketing is that the trailers did not lie, the film is terrible. Into The Storm was one of the most heavily marketed movies of the past few months and I'd say that I've unfortunately seen the trailer over a dozen times. Each time it just got worse and worse. It was unappealing in almost every way. So I went to see it, and it matched every expectation I already had for it. Into The Storm is not a good movie. It's a terrible one. It has just one redeeming factor, the carnage these tornados cause. While the rest of the film is cringe-worthy, watching buildings being torn to shreds or airports being lifted up into the air was a delight. Perhaps that's because by the time it finally comes around I'd had enough of the film, but it was fun and I unfortunately can't deny that.
John Swetnam, who wrote the screenplay for the film, has managed to create a new low for dialogue in found-footage films. Before I saw Into The Storm, one of the trailers that played was for Step Up All In, another trailer I've had to sit through a dozen times and another trailer I absolutely hate. Listening to the dialogue in that trailer is torturous. I was unaware of this while watching Into The Storm, but Swetnam is also responsible for writing this latest Step Up movie. I more than likely won't be checking that film out, but surely the dialogue in that can't be worse than the dialogue in this. The dialogue doesn't sound human in this. It's just unbearable.
In fact, it's almost safe to say that Swetnam is this film's biggest downfall. While the direction is mediocre, it would have passed if the screenplay was half decent. Even the actors look like they're slightly interested in this film. Granted, a few of the performances were painfully bad, but they tried. Richard Armitage manages to deliver the inhuman dialogue in a way that almost sounds human, resulting in a performance that's actually decent. Christ, even the two characters there for comic relief give decent performances. They just don't have a screenplay that works.
To sum up, Into The Storm has some fun carnage that's aided by decent effects, and it's got a few decent performances, but that's about it when compared to the slow pacing, cringe-worthy dialogue and mediocre directing.