The Hurricane Heist review: A heist collides with a hurricane in the latest offering from Sky Cinema.
The Hurricane Heist review by Kat Hughes.
Many will know Sky Cinema as a series of channels contained within your Sky subscription that play non-stop movies all day long. What people may not be aware of is that the company are now distributing films at the cinema. Earlier this year they released the family-friendly Monster Family and now comes The Hurricane Heist. The film, which will release in cinemas at the same time as arriving on Sky boxes, tells the story of a heist that takes place during a hurricane.
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Events start back in 1992 as two young boys and their father are desperately trying to out drive a hurricane. The car breaks down and the father ushers the boys inside whilst he goes back into the hurricane to fix their vehicle. It doesn’t take a genius to guess that dear old dad doesn’t make it, and his death serves as a point of tension for our brothers as we join them twenty or so years later. The younger brother Will (Toby Kebbell) has, having been haunted by the experience, become a meteorologist whilst the older brother Breeze (Ryan Kwanten) is a washed-up high-school football star who passes his time fixing cars and drinking beer. They’re brought back together as a new storm, one much worse than the one that killed their father, is set to ravage their hometown. Meanwhile, Casey (Maggie Grace), a Federal Agent in charge of delivering old money to a U.S Treasury (which just so happens to be based near Will and Breeze’s hometown), finds herself up against a group of criminals hell-bent on stealing the money that she is sworn to protect. After crossing paths the trio much work together to stop the heist whilst at the same time fighting for their lives as the hurricane descends.
A film which does exactly what the title suggests, there is a heist set during a hurricane. Much like Hard Rain, which featured a robbery during a flood, the plot doesn’t get more in-depth than the whole heist in a hurricane, but then sometimes films don’t have to. Directed by Rob Cohen, the man behind the very first The Fast and the Furious, The Hurricane Heist is a lot of fun. The action is off the charts in terms of stunts and viability of people actually being able to survive them in real life but is brilliant escapism. The script is clunky and heavily expositional in places but within the realm of a pure popcorn Friday night flick it works. The Hurricane Heist is the type of film that you watch with a group of mates with a few beers and just sit back and enjoy the lunacy of it.
For those wondering whether it’s worth a trip to the cinema the answer is yes simply because there’s so much action that you really need to see it on a big screen to fully appreciate everything. It also sounds pretty epic in the right theatre setting. The opening storm we mentioned rips apart a house and the sound design was so intense it feels like you’re going to take off.
The Hurricane Heist is essentially made up of the following film formula; Hard Rain plus The Fast and the Furious times Twister. If you’re a fan of any of those then you’re going to have a very good time with The Hurricane Heist.
The Hurricane Heist review by Kat Hughes, April 2018.
The Hurricane Heist arrives in UK cinemas, and on Sky Cinema, on Friday 6th April 2018.