There is no calm in this first teaser trailer for INTO THE STORM

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As dwarf king Thorin Oakenshield, Richard Armitage has had to face down horrors like losing his homeland, giant trolls, a fire breathing dragon and Hobbit foot hygiene, and somehow through it all he remained a strong, fearless leader. But that was over in the make-believe land of Middle Earth. Back in  Silverton, Colorado things won’t be that easy, as Armitage finds out when he has to battle the wrath of nature in Into the Storm, a new found-footage thriller about storm chasers.

In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot. Told through the eyes and lenses of professional storm chasers, thrill-seeking amateurs, and courageous townspeople, “Into the Storm” throws you directly into the eye of the storm to experience Mother Nature at her most extreme.

Yo, Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton and 1996 called. They want their shtick back.

Jokes aside though, while I’m not a fan of found footage styled movies in general, when it’s done right it can be quite thrilling. The biggest problem is usually the contrived logic employed to allow a camera to present in every scene. By making this about storm chasers though, where these guys run around with cameras documenting their every move in the centre of the craziest weather conditions, they may just have deftly sidestepped that issue.

Into the Storm is directed by Steven Quale (Step Up All In) and also stars Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Arlen Escarpeta, Max Deacon, Nathan Kress, Jeremy Sumpter, Kyle Davis, Jon Reep and Scott Lawrence. It will be blowing into cinemas on August 8, 2014.

PS: No, you’re not imagining things. This trailer does actually use sound bytes pulled directly from this trailer for Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Seeing as how that is such a killer trailer (irrespective of the movie’s actual quality), I don’t blame them.

Last Updated: March 31, 2014

Kervyn Cloete

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