Into the storm
Stephen Quale’s disaster flick is a somewhat incongruous amalgamation of handheld first person camera footage and wide-angle aerial shots, complete with stock characters and a plot that limps along in a largely familiar and formulaic manner.
A small American town is subjected to an unprecedented amount of havoc-wreaking tornadoes over the course of a single day, but, rather predictably, the experts forecast the worst is yet to come.
High school vice-principal Gary (Richard Armitage) must battle against the elements to rescue his stranded son (Max Deacon), while a team of storm-chasing climatologists led by Pete (Matt Walsh), careen towards the eye of the storm in pursuit of the best possible footage.
It’s hard to feel any great empathy for the characters due to their relative lack of dimension; however, if it’s unadulterated destruction you’re after, Into the Storm certainly delivers. Expect tornadoes on fire, people clinging on for dear life and every piece of wind-borne detritus (including planes and helicopters) you can possibly imagine.
Review by Matt Blackwell
From Bombay to Paris: The Hundred-Foot Journey
After fleeing their home country of India due to political unrest, the food-loving Kadam family happen upon a quaint village in the south of France, where Papa (Om Puri) decides they will open their restaurant, Maison Mumbai. The business venture brings the family into direct contention with the prickly Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), who owns a Michelin-starred restaurant just 100 feet away. Oprah Winfrey, of all people, has teamed up with Steven Spielberg to produce a film that is as warming as the cuisine it depicts.
The November Man
Pierce Brosnan returns to the world of international espionage, this time starring as Peter Devereaux, an ex-CIA agent who is brought out of retirement to protect a valuable witness. Conspiracy is rife and Devereaux can trust no one as his final mission marks him as a target for his former pupil (Luke Bracey), who is the best assassin Devereaux has ever trained. All in all, an entertaining cat-and-mouse thriller that pits protégé against master.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez join forces once more to co-direct the sequel to 2005’s Sin City. Several narratives from Miller’s original comic series are weaved together into a hard-boiled crime thriller that brings Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis back as Nancy Callahan, Marv and John Hartigan, while Josh Brolin, Eva Green and Joseph Gordon-Levitt join the star cast for the first time.
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