-- Starring Matt Walsh, Sarah Wayne Callies, and Richard Armitage
Two-and-a-half out of five stars
In "Into the Storm," we have Pete ("Veep"’s Matt Walsh), a guy who’s been trying for years to get up-close and personal footage of a tornado. He has a film crew with him, a meteorologist (Sarah Wayne Callies from "The Walking Dead"), and a special vehicle he’s modified to withstand winds of up to 170 MPH so he can drive right into the eye of a tornado and film that sucker.
And we certainly see plenty of tornadoes. They’re impressively rendered, in stunning detail like we’ve never before seen, from the storms themselves to the destruction they create. Less impressive are the story devices writer John Swetnam employs to get us to those tornadoes.
Like many, I’ve grown tired of the found-footage first-person format, but here it works surprisingly well, for about 10 minutes. And by that I mean if you combine all of the scenes in which it works well, you get a grand total of about 10 minutes of actual enjoyment. As far as the story goes, there’s nothing "Into the Storm" offers that we haven’t seen before. But the tornadoes look great, and that has to count for something.