Review – The Hurricane Heist (2018)

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category-5-5a71d54f4af9aEven if you’re a die-hard fan of disaster films, you do understand that they aren’t always great. Sharknado should be a prime example of that, but because they knew they were terrible and relished in that fact, they really succeeded and bloomed from there. Now, I’m not saying The Hurricane Heist is necessarily bad, but it’s far from fantastic. The main reason I ended up watching it was because there were semi trucks on the poster, and because I’m in trucking school, I wanted to see how they handled trucks in the film – which was pretty accurate, they just didn’t portray people correctly. Random people with no trucking experience jumping into a truck and handling it like they have for years…doesn’t really compute well for me. That goof being said, let’s get into the action film.

So, The Hurricane Heist is mostly what it sounds like – a heist taking place under the blanket and security of a hurricane. The only problem is that the hurricane is one of the most deadly hurricanes to date. Think Twister, but with water. When the brother of a meteorologist gets kidnapped by the heist folks, he and a local cop must take them down with all their hurricane-predicting prowess.

I may be paraphrasing, but that just about covers it. It’s not a very well thought out film and it most certainly has areas in need of improvement. For instance, this film likes to focus on the fact that it was made by the same director who made The Fast and the Furious. Yes, it also includes plenty of action with people, cars, and trucks, including people jumping from vehicle to vehicle. You have the added concept of a hurricane, which just makes things a bit more unoriginal. The main thing that makes this film different than those Fast and Furious films is that the characters just aren’t memorable. They try to be, but in the end, they get a little annoying at times. The brothers blend together, the bad guys blend together, the only real memorable character is the one played by Maggie Grace. That’s it, unfortunately.

In addition, you have to point out that anybody watching could tell where the filmmakers mostly faltered – and that was the budget. It’s not exactly low budget at $35 million, but for the actual scope of the film it is, because it depended on a lot of graphic effects. What we have is mostly just okay graphics, but none of it looks authentic in any shape or form, which doesn’t really suck you in as an audience member. Think about it, more than 20 years ago, Twister came out, and even back then, it had triple the budget – and 22 years later, it still looks pretty great…not perfect, but at least three times better than what you have here.

It’s hard to pin-point any part of the film that did great. If I had to pick, perhaps the narrative structure, but that was just by design. Everyone usually does great in that category. I would have to instead say that the majority of this film was so-so. Not great, not overly terrible, just right down that line of forgettability. I won’t remember this movie for long. Overall, I’d say this fits in with the Avoid It category. It’s not quite burning it material, but it’s also not renting it either.

Total Score: 58/100

Title Hurricane Heist, The
Year 2018
Total Score 58
Watched 07-Apr-2018
Acting 1
Characters 1
Casting 1
Importance 1
Chemistry 1
PEOPLE SCORE 5
Dialogue 1
Balance 1
Story 1
Originality
Interesting 1
WRITING SCORE 4
Visuals 1
Directing 1
Editing 1
Advertisement 2
Music/Sound 1
BTS SCORE 6
Introduction 2
Inciting Incident 2
Obstacles 2
Climax 2
Falling Action 1
NARRATIVE ARC SCORE 9
Rewatchable 1
Fun 2
Impulse/Buy
Impulse/Talk
Sucks You In 1
ENTERTAINMENT SCORE 4
Specialty 1: Genres – Action
Specialty 1 Note:
Specialty 1 Rating 10
Specialty 2: Genres – Thriller
Specialty 2 Note:
Specialty 2 Rating 5
Specialty 3: Concept – Title Specific
Specialty 3 Note: Hurricane
Specialty 3 Rating 5
Specialty 4: Concept – Title Specific
Specialty 4 Note: Heist
Specialty 4 Rating 5
Halfway Decent 5
SPECIALTY SCORE 30
Genre Action, Thriller
Possible Awards
Franchise
Total Score 58
Review # 1439
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