A group of thieves attempt a heist against the U.S. Treasury at the same time the town is being hit by a huge Category 5 hurricane. This heist could lead to the cash grab of a lifetime if they can survive the storm, which approaches closer by the minute and could interrupt their plans. With the city now evacuated, now is the perfect time for the last robbery to occur- who is there to stop them?
Fear not, the film doesn’t just follow the naughty robbers. Our movie has three lead heroes who work in a team. Two of the group are a pair of brothers who are skilled with machinery and weather guidance systems, and the third is a female treasury employee who manages to escape while the heist was taking place. With everyone out of the city, it’s up to these three people to survive the storm and retrieve the money from the baddies.
The best way to describe this film is by stating it’s a combination of Twister, Fast and the Furious, and … Sharknado. I say Sharknado not because this film has any sharks, but because of the massive amounts of cheesy acting and dialogue that comes with this film. Ultimately, it’s impossible to take this film seriously even if it intended to be an action loaded film. To me, it’s a comedy, and it can be a fun ride if you watch this film with the right group of friends around you. When we are shown a skull-like figure in the storm clouds filling the sky during the movie… how can we expect to treat this seriously as an action film and not a comedy?
Considering this got released in 2018, the audio track is full with excellent sound effects. One example is a car that get used in the film. One of the brothers uses a tank-like vehicle, driving it around the city full of heavy rain and wind. This vehicle can only be described as a rip off as it reminded me of the Batmobile. Nevertheless, there is so much happening in the action department that the speakers have plenty to deliver. I do have a slight issue with one of the male lead’s voice. This is not in regards to the overall audio mix, but more to do with the horrible accent he puts on for the character. To be polite… well… it’s just awful and makes the lead actor sound rather silly and unable to be taken seriously, plus it can be very challenging actually to understand what he’s saying. As far as performances go, the most influential character is the female played by Maggie Smith.
Overall, I had no idea what to expect from The Hurricane Heist, but the name kind of gives you an idea of what to expect. It’s a terrible film, but I cannot deny how much fun it could be if shared with the right people. There’s a fun audio track, but most (if not all) of the characters are painful. If you know what to expect in advance, some may enjoy this silly and brainless entertainment.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden