In the middle of a high school graduation ceremony complete with speeches, comes the beginnings of a storm. Rain pours heavily, the wind sweeps strongly and everyone runs into the school in the town of Silverton for shelter. However, this storm is looking to be far greater and more dangerous than anyone could have possibly imagined. Vice Principle Gary Morris (Richard Armitage) takes the lead in getting everyone to safety and then races off to find his own eldest son who is missing from his side and he must go in search of him.
At the same time, a storm chaser and his crew comes to town to capture some footage of what's going to be his next big story. It's been a year since Pete put out a good storm story and he does not want to miss this one. Riding his workers and pushing them to the limit, it seems he just wants to capture tornado footage, seemingly uncaring about all else other than getting what he has set out to do. Not even the human lives that are in danger is going to slow him down.
A natural disaster film it kept me engaged the whole time. It's about the storm and that takes centre stage. There's lots of great footage of the tornados and this film allows me to experience this natural disaster from the safety of my seat. Based on the reality of these horrific forces of nature that actually takes place in some parts of the world leaving destruction in its wake, it's difficult to not feel lucky we are not living in those susceptible places.
The main characters in the film are the Vice Principle and his two sons, the storm chaser and his crew, and a couple of residents thrown in for some comic relief. We follow them as each one goes through the onslaught of this storm.
British actor Richard Armitage takes the lead role as the Vice President. Of 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' fame among many others, he's easy on the eye but I'm not sure this movie showcased this Shakespearean actor's craft to its fullest capacity. As entertained as I was, and I assure you it moves at a good pace; I give this a 6 out of 10.