REVIEW: The Hurricane Heist (2018) | ManlyMovie

REVIEW: The Hurricane Heist (2018)

Run Time: 100 Mins
Rated: PG-13
What To Expect: Hard Rain (1998) for children

Rob Cohen can make a bad film look good, and work.  Take the first Fast & Furious film, it’s the best in that series because it’s the closest to an old 80s/90s action yarn next to its bloated computerized sequels.  This film has a good premise, a heist occurring in a small town while it’s evacuated on account of a large hurricane.  It should’ve worked, because Cohen is an underrated director, but it the family themed softness and the shark jumping end make it a waste.

The movie recruits a bunch of C-listers (are Toby Kebbell, Maggie Grace and Ryan Kwanten anything else?), as hurricane chaser, security truck driver and deadbeat mechanic respectively, to ‘do the right thing’ during the theft of hundreds of millions of dollars.  Sorry, but I have to interject here, is there such thing as ‘doing the right thing’ if you can skim a few bucks off the Fed in such a circumstance?  So I also deduct a point because the heroes don’t even consider it.  While a hurricane hits the town, they use their knowledge to pit the forces of nature against the thieves.  Y’see, that’s a creative way of not shooting them in the head and keeping the rating down.

The first half of this film looks like 100 million dollars, like something even Tom Cruise would show up in.  It looks slick, with expensive (looking) sets, and even cheap sets made to look interesting by the director.  The action sequences are also above average with long cuts and considerate camerawork.  The proposition of a heist taking place during a noisy hurricane is also exciting.

But then the problems unfold.  The villains are uninteresting, there are too many of them and they are bad actors, following a threadbare script where nothing clever happens, or barely anything at all.  Worse, the film is extremely soft — the tone is set when the thieves take out U.S. federal guards with dart guns, and although real guns show up later, it’s obvious great care is taken to neuter their presence.  While the first half of the film looks great with practical sets and so forth, the end seals the deal of ruin — my current pet hate rears its ugly head.

Green screen abuse is a problem.  It gives film makers a blank cheque, which strips them of creative enterprise and introduces the temptation to jump the shark.  The end of this film is crap, I’m sure the finale looked ‘real’ to those whose eyes glared over every frame painstakingly over many hours, but to a fresh pair of eyes, SOUND STAGE is the only thing that screams at us.  No good, I hate that shit.

To summarize, go back and watch Hard Rain (1998) instead… far better.  P.S. we couldn’t have a big storm movie without the obligatory global warming monologue.  They still haven’t gotten around to discussing just how much more tax money they want to wring out of us though, in these movies… odd.




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    Mucho Macho

    April 12, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    It is an okay movie, not horrible not great, just a nice movie to pass some time with maybe on a lazy afternoon.

    And the point about the villains I’ll say this again, those actors that are often known to bring nefarious characters to life are underrated. A movie such as this one which you know it’s not going to be a long movie you need one of those actors to steal the scenes from the get-go and inject the film with some energy.

    For example what elevated Van Damme’s “Sudden Death” movie in quality and entertainment value? Powers Boothe as the bad guy.

    Say what you want about Gary Busey but he was needed in a movie like this

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      Eric Hutchison

      April 12, 2018 at 7:24 pm

      I loved Gary Busey when he was younger. Made a good villain in Lethal Weapon and Under Siege, and he had a couple of B flicks that he was solid in like Eye of the Tiger

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        Mucho Macho

        April 12, 2018 at 9:15 pm

        A lot of these movies are not about originality but execution. You know the story, you know what’s going to happen but it’s how you go about it that makes them worthwhile.

        Having a character actor like Gary Busey who’s really good at bringing these crazy characters to life can only make the movie better. Busey was also a good bad guy in the Wesley Snipes movie “Drop Zone”.