Rental Roundup: The Hurricane Heist

by David Gifford

 

The Hurricane Heist is a movie directed by Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious) and stars Toby Kebbell (Kong: Skull Island) as Will, and Maggie Grace (Fear the Walking Dead) as Casey.

The movie is about a group of people trying to do a heist during a massive hurricane. The heist is at the U.S. Treasury. The hurricane was meant as a way to cover up the crime as most people would be trying to avoid the hurricane and evacuating.

Two brothers had their father killed during a hurricane, and the one becomes a meteorologist to try and understand the things he now fears. That character is the protagonist Will. The goal for both Will and Casey is to stop the robbery and get the money back. The movie sounds cheesy and it is, but it also has charming fun atmosphere that makes it worth watching.

It should be said that this isn’t, by most accounts, anything more than a fun action film. It’s worth noting that with a title like “The Hurricane Heist” you should know exactly what you are getting into, but the movie proves to be a fair amount better than a lot of the stuff similar to it. The movie is very similar to a lot of the 90s action films like “Twister”, more so than the modern action movie which makes this an interesting movie to visit.

The best thing about this movie are the “set-pieces” which are incredible. The hurricane action scenes in the movie are actually done really well, and the CGI rarely ever looks abysmal. Sometimes it becomes shaky in the later scenes especially, but it remains good enough to make it believable if you let it. There are scenes of trucks going through storms that look incredible, especially on a 4k home theater set-up. The lights of the truck shimmering off of the pouring rain, and dense destruction. Buildings fly around in large destructive waves, and shrapnel flies at the screen. Again, this is an amazing looking movie, especially if you have a 4k set-up.

The bad things about this movie are there but can be ignored for the sake of having a good time. Some of the logic with the hurricane can be bad. There are scenes where it doesn’t look like a hurricane has hit at all, when others look the opposite.

There are a few performances that aren’t as good, but the leads are actually pretty cool. The CGI can be shaky, but often times it looks good. The movie plays out exactly as expected, but don’t most action movies?

As you can see the movie has plenty of issues, but sometimes movies are just meant to be a good time. In a movie where there are action scenes of hubcaps being thrown at people using the wind to carry it farther, how can you be mad at it? That is exactly what this movie has to offer.

Overall, the movie is by no means an Oscar contender, but it does what it does very well. It’s a great time, and worthy of a purchase if you enjoy disaster movies or have a nice 4k set-up. Otherwise it is definitely worth a rental and possible purchase. The movie gets a 7/10.

 

David Gifford is a college student, a sales rep for The Mountain Echo and a gaming and movie enthusiast. Check out his podcast: Reasonably Reel.