Published on April 9th, 2018 | by voxx0
The Hurricane Heist
Out: 6 April
Length: 106 minutes
Director: Rob Cohen
Cast: Toby Kebbell, Maggie Grace, Ryan Kwanten, Ralph Ineson, Melissa Bolona
Plot: A group of well-armed mercenaries attempt a massive heist on a U.S treasury as a category five hurricane sweeps through one of its Mint Facilities.
Before the ‘Fast and Furious’ ditched it’s ground elements of street racing and went to rather other worldly techniques; from leaping from sky scrapers in Dubai, through dragging a full bank vault across a highway in Rio de Janeiro, via ramping other cars in London, and finally the latest racing a war submarine in the Arctic, director Rob Cohen’s original series opener was a simple Point Break/Street Racer combo.
Now he’s back for a slice of the gravity-defying techniques, with the breezily outlandish ‘The Hurricane Heist’, in which a group of hare-brained criminals plot to use a category 5 hurricane to pull off a $600 million cash-grab. On paper this genre mash up is essentially ‘Die Hard’ meets ‘Twister’, or ‘Hell or High Water’ meets ‘Geostorm’, or if you want to get really silly it’s the opening of ‘The Dark Knight’ meeting ‘Into the Storm’. However, it’s neither intriguing enough to be anything new nor engaging enough to warrant countless guilty pleasure viewings. The film’s plot follows a group of 30 well-armed mercenaries led by The Witch’s Ralph Ineson, as they attempt a robbery on a U.S treasury while using a category 5 hurricane to cover their tracks. Meanwhile Will (Kebbell), a meteorologist, his estranged brother Breeze (True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten), a mechanic and an ATF agent with a past, Casey (Grace), attempt to stop them getting away with it.
Indeed, it’s an intriguing premise having cars meeting a massive natural disaster and a heist to put a twist on the whole thing, yet with the poor screenplay, which is mostly comprised of expository dialogue leading to almost non-existent character development, combined with Cohen’s poor direction, wrangling the workmanlike action set-pieces with his professional insight to try and make it slightly thrilling, ultimately it’s pulled off without the flair.
Still, through the workmanlike genre crossing between disaster flick and heist caper/chase film, ‘The Hurricane Heist’ isn’t a complete disaster. There are a couple of saving graces; a moment where a weather tower is winched onto the street and a thrilling truck chase meeting ‘Fast and Furious’ type car skills in the eye of the storm. Yet the over-the-top visual effects looking like they were made for TV blow away any indication of verisimilitude the film tries to embellish. It’s truly one of those good-bad flicks, but one that’s not quite good enough to deserve the big screen.
VERDICT: Not a complete disaster as the title suggests, but Cohen fails to muster that ‘Fast and Furious’ ability, thus lacking in engaging techniques for guilty viewings.
- By Corey Denford