Directed by Rob Cohen
Starring Toby Kebbel, Maggie Grace, Ryan Kwanten, Ralph Ineson
Film Review by George Wolf
If your local TV weatherperson has a bit more swagger this week, there's a good chance they've seen The Hurricane Heist and it's heroic, badass meteorologist.
But it's not just weatherman Will (Toby Kebbel) saving the day, there's also ATF agent Casey (Columbus' own Maggie Grace, repping home with an OSU cap), Will's brother Breeze (Ryan Kwanten) and one ferocious weather system.
A thieving crew led by the scowling Perkins (Ralph Ineson from The VVitch) launches the latest big screen attempt to rob the treasury, but can you guess what makes this heist a little different?
There's a hurricane!
What follows is big, dumb, and more fun than it oughta be.
Credit director Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious, xXx) with making the most of what he's got, gunning for B-movie glory instead of overreaching. Let's be honest, this setup is just south of <em>Sharknado</em>, but the pace is snappy, the effects are effective, and the adventure occasionally thrilling.
The writing team gives us easily identifiable characters that lean on cliche without being defined by them. Casey and Will are both damaged souls, natch, and heroic teamwork just might be their ticket to redemption. Perkins and his team of evil doers, clearly inspired by Hans Gruber's iconic thieves in Die Hard, chew plenty of scenery while making it easy to cheer their eventual comeuppance.
The Hurricane Heist won't tax you your brain, but it doesn't want to. It just wants you to have fun.
You will, "weather" you expect to or not.