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Movie review: Gale-force plot holes weaken ‘Into the Storm’
First Published Aug 07 2014 03:27 pm • Last Updated Aug 07 2014 04:09 pm

The weather thriller "Into the Storm" throws a lot of visual effects into your face and a wall of sound at your ears, but it’s the ridiculous plotting and leaden dialogue that will knock you sideways.

It’s graduation day at the high school in Silverton, Okla., so audio-visual nerd Donnie (Max Deacon), son of the taciturn vice principal, Gary (Richard Armitage, aka Thorin Oakenshield from "The Hobbit"), is setting up the video cameras to capture the memories. Meanwhile, tornado chasers — led by cynical filmmaker Pete (Matt Walsh) and no-nonsense meteorologist Allison ("The Walking Dead’s" Sarah Wayne Callies) — are seeking video of a major storm system in Pete’s tank-tough vehicle.

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‘Into the Storm’

Opens Friday, Aug. 8, at theaters everywhere; rated PG-13 for sequences of intense destruction and peril, and language including some sexual references; 89 minutes.

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The machinations that director Steven Quale (who was a visual-effects supervisor on "Avatar") and writer John Swetnam employ to hold to the movie’s "found-footage" style, clunkily unveiling character backstories while devising ways for everyone to be holding a pro-grade camera, are more twisted than the actual tornados that ultimately hit Silverton.

Even more tortured is the way the movie drops in its "protect the planet" talking points while also delivering an inspirational "live for today" homily — two messages inherently opposed to each other.

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