INTO THE STORM (Steven Quale). See listing. Rating: NNN
The posters do not lie: Into The Storm is a found-footage riff on Twister, presented as a documentary about that time a team of weather researchers and a few civilians were thrown together - and wrenched apart, and thrown together again - by a massive superstorm.
The bare-bones approach compensates for a lot of the disaster genre's usual shortcomings, like minimal plotting and superficial characterization. Putting cameras in the hands of the characters means we can't help but spend a little more time with them than the formula usually allows.
Sarah Wayne Callies and The Hobbit's Richard Armitage make the right faces of grim determination, Matt Walsh puts a little humanity into the antagonistic role of a pissy authority figure, and Enlisted's Kyle Davis provides reliable comic relief as an amateur storm chaser who's modelled his entire scientific approach on a couple of episodes of Jackass.
It's all surprisingly not bad. And the CG is very convincing.