The opening scene of The Hurricane Heist is a ripoff of Jan de Bont’s Twister from 1996. Subsequently, the story of The Hurricane Heist is another film slapped together with recycled plot elements from natural disaster films and also seems to have a lot in common with 1998’s Hard Rain with Morgan Freeman and Christian Slater. No matter what film you can spot in the elements of The Hurricane Heist, they are all infinitely better than this trash. If a film starts out this bad, there is really nowhere go but up but, The Hurricane Heist can’t even get that right.
First off, the film has a premise which is so far fetched I don’t see how anyone could actually pull this heist off in the first place, let alone get away with it. The plot is simple. A band of thieves try to bump off a federal reserve depository and make away with hundreds of millions of dollars on three eighteen wheel trucks that all have the same paint job. No, they won’t stick out on an APB. The catch is that they plan the robbery with a Category Five hurricane barreling down on the Louisiana coastal town. The only thing standing between the bad guys and their plan is a plucky federal agent named Casey (Maggie Grace) and two brothers, Will (Toby Kebbell and Breeze (Ryan Kwanten). Yes, you read that right. There is a man named Breeze.
Will is the meteorologist whose past experiences with storms fuels his desire to follow them in his souped-up SRV Dominator. He even has a laughable scene in which he actually makes a statement that if only they could get a handle on Climate Change could they possibly stop hurricanes altogether. I actually had to stop the film at this point, rewind it and play that scene again just to make sure I heard it correctly. It is one of the most ludicrous lines I have ever heard in a film of this kind. I was amazed and almost admired the insulting arrogance of that statement. Almost, that is. Hurricanes have been around a lot longer than any of us and they will be here a long time after we are all worm food.
Breeze on the other hand is a local grease jockey who has returned home from his duty in the military. He has his own towing service and is able to work on just about anything mechanical. Both Breeze and Will still live with the tragedy of the opening storm and it has driven them in different directions. Will is straight-laced and career driven while Breeze is a bit slovenly and has taken to drinking more than he should. Throw a young, beautiful lady like Casey into the mix and we have ourselves a love triangle. No, none of us have ever seen this plot gimmick before. I will say to this film’s credit that it does not dwell on it too much, thankfully and about the only element that works in this film is Lorne Balfe’s score which is excellent.
But what it does dwell on is the heist and the characters around the heist all of which are so ridiculous I couldn’t tell if I was to take them seriously. You have Toby Kebbell who is British, as is Ben Cross who plays the local sheriff. Ryan Kwanten is Australian and the main villain, Perkins is played by British actor Ralph Ineson. So to cover their real life accents everyone has been given the task to adopt over-the-top southern accents which is pretty insulting to those who actually live in these areas. Just imagine the most southern accent you can and multiply by five and you have the accents of these characters. The acting, overall is as cheesy as the rest of the film. Maggie Grace does what she can to keep a straight face through it all but it is all for naught.
The actual heist is pretty standard fare in The Hurricane Heist. Only the hurricane adds any spice to this mix but the visuals are cheesy and the debris from the hurricane only seems to hit the bad guys at the most opportune times. What else do you expect from the writers of such “classics” as Tsunami LA, Zombies for Xbox Fitness with the story being cooked up by the guys who brought us Drop Dead Fred. Rob Cohen, who has shown he can direct action films with the original The Fast and the Furious, Daylight and I even liked the original xXx with Vin Diesel. One of them gave birth to a great franchise and shot Paul Walker to fame and fortune. I would consider those films to be guilty pleasures. The Hurricane Heist, however, is just plain guilty.
The Hurricane Heist – * out of 5
The Hurricane Heist – Rated PG-13 for language, violence, some gore
The Hurricane Heist – Run time is 103 minutes.
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