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"THE HURRICANE HEIST"
(2018) (Toby Kebbel, Maggie Grace) (PG-13)


At-A-Glace Content Summary

Alcohol/Drugs Moderate
Blood/Gross Stuff Moderate
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Heavy
Gun/Weapons Extreme
Imitative Behavior Extreme
Jump Scenes Mild
Music (Scary/Tense) Extreme
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Heavy
Sex/Nudity Moderate
Smoking None
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Action: A meteorologist, his estranged brother and a federal agent try to thwart the theft of $600 million from a federal reserve center during a severe, category five hurricane.
PLOT:
Will (TOBY KEBBELL) is a meteorologist who's returned to his hometown of Gulfport, Alabama to cover a tropical storm that he believes is going to blow up into a monster storm. Sheriff Dixon (BEN CROSS) believes the same and has ordered the city evacuated, thus leaving few people there except for those working at the local Federal Reserve center. Trying to get there before the storm are federal agents Casey (MAGGIE GRACE) and Perkins (RALPH INESON) who are leading a convoy of tractor trailers there filled with currency that's to be taken out of circulation and destroyed.

But when Casey arrives, she learns from the facility manager, Randy (CHRISTIAN CONTRERAS), that not only is the industrial shredder down, so is the facility's back-up generator. Accordingly, she sets out to find the local repairman, Breeze (RYAN KWANTEN) -- who just so happens to be Will's brother -- and bring him back for the needed fix. But when they return, they learn that Perkins has turned sides and is leading a crew -- that also consists of hackers Sasha (MELISSA BOLONA) and Frears (ED BIRCH) -- that desires to steal the backlog of $600 million located there.

They don't intend on harming anyone during the heist, but that changes when Casey, Breeze and then Will show up on the scene, intent on stopping the heist. And that's all while the storm quickly strengthens into a category 5 hurricane and puts all of their lives in danger.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're into natural disaster sorts of films and/or big heist flicks they might be enticed.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For sequences of gun violence, action, destruction, language and some suggestive material.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • TOBY KEBBELL plays a meteorologist who isn't happy that his superiors don't believe his prediction that this latest storm is going to blow up into a monster. But that takes a back burner position when he realizes criminals are trying to rob the Federal Reserve center in his hometown. He then does what he can to help thwart that. He uses profanity and briefly drinks.
  • MAGGIE GRACE plays a federal agent who's tasked with delivery money to be taken out of circulation to the Federal Reserve center and make sure it's destroyed. She has some sort of stain on her past that's never revealed, but she does what she can to stop the heist, all while eventually coming to admire Will and his work after initially mocking both. She uses profanity.
  • RYAN KWANTEN plays Will's brother, a local repair guy who hasn't made much of his life but gets a chance to change that when he helps thwart the heist. He uses profanity and drinks in several scenes.
  • RALPH INESON plays Casey's work partner who turns out to have criminal intentions, namely stealing $600 million in cash that's set to be destroyed. He initially wants no one harmed, but that changes when his plans go awry and he ends up killing several people. He uses some profanity.
  • BEN CROSS plays the local sheriff who turns to be in on the crime. He threatens Will and Casey when they learn about that.
  • CHRISTIAN CONTRERAS plays the manager who runs the Federal Reserve facility and must contend with Dixon and his crew taking over that.
  • MELISSA BOLONA and ED BIRCH play two lovers who are also hackers working for Perkins in hopes of pulling off the heist with their high-tech help.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO


    OUR TAKE: 0 out of 10
    Our reviewing policy for films that aren't shown in advance to critics is that we'll only provide a paragraph or two about the film's artistic merits or, more accurately, lack thereof. After all, life is too short to spend any more effort than that on a movie that even the releasing studio knows isn't any good (which is why they hid it from reviewers before its release).

    As noted astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is often all too happy to point out, movies usually get science wrong to one degree or another. Granted, the average moviegoer isn't going to nitpick like Mr. Tyson has famously done and instead simply wants to be entertained, scientifically accurate or not.

    But when even a layperson finds the material increasingly ludicrous, it becomes a distraction. As does poor acting, lame writing, and horrible direction, all of which are in abundant supply in "The Hurricane Heist."

    The premise of Jeff Dixon and Scott Windhauser's screenplay isn't bad -- attempting to rob a Federal Reserve center by using a category 5 hurricane as cover when most everyone will have been evacuated and focus will be elsewhere than a place where money that's been taken out of circulation is set to be shredded into unusable bits.

    Alas, all involve squander this cinematic mix of a standard heist flick as coupled with a disaster film (think "Die Hard" mixed with "Twister"). And it's hard to say what's worse, the overall artistic ineptitude of all involved or the science -- in this case meteorologically based -- that's so ludicrous it's laughable.

    I particularly "loved" the fact that characters could still walk on the streets of while cars are flying through the air by them, or that the storm acted more like a gargantuan tornado (with its rapidly spinning wall cloud and ability to suck tractor trailers up into the sky with ease) than a hurricane.

    Maybe if they had thrown in flying sharks, they might have had something. Oh wait, that's already been done, but at least that film new it was stupid trash. This one doesn't, and you'll be hard-pressed to see a wide-release film this year that's worse than this offering that truly is a disaster. "The Hurricane Heist' rates as a 0 out of 10.

    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this action film that's rated PG-13. Profanity consists of at least 1 possible "f" word (along with 22 "s" words), while other expletives and colorful phrases are also uttered. A woman spreads her legs for her lover to see as he drives (we don't see anything explicit), a man picks up a pair of panties in his brother's place, and a woman wears a revealing outfit that's cut low on one side and shows the top of her breast (but no nipple).

    Violence includes people being killed by various means (gunfire, but also hurricane-related deaths of being hit by things, being sucked away, or presumably drowning in a storm surge); the striking and manhandling of others; and hurricane-related damage. There are some bloody results from that (but not enough to push the film into R-rated territory), and those violent scenes and moments of peril could be suspenseful to some viewers.

    Bad attitudes are present (various people try to rob a federal reserve center and killing others during that) as is plenty of potentially imitative behavior. Some tense family material is present (mainly a prologue showing two brothers watch their father be struck and killed by debris during a hurricane) as are related and other thematic elements/topics to talk about.

    Some drinking occurs in various scenes, but there's no smoking or drug use.

    Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

    For those prone to visually induced motion sickness, some of the action scenes feature footage that might evoke that sort of reaction.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • When Randy mentions something related, Casey sarcastically states that he knows a thing or two about cocktails.
  • Breeze pours some liquor into whatever he's drinking for breakfast, and then takes a swig from the bottle.
  • Breeze drinks from a flask.
  • Will drinks from Breeze's bottle of booze.
  • BLOOD/GROSS STUFF
  • Bad guys pursue Casey and Will in his armored storm chaser vehicle and shoot at that as Casey returns fire. Will eventually stops and plants stability spikes down into the road, thus making that vehicle an immovable object that the pursuing car strikes and then rolls several times. The men inside are bloody but alive.
  • Will and Casey urinate against or by pillars, but nothing is seen.
  • Perkins has various cuts on his face from having been out in the weather, while Dixon is bloody from Will and Casey having attacked him previously.
  • Randy's face is bloody after having been beaten.
  • Perkins shoots Randy twice, killing him (with briefly seen bloody results).
  • Will and Breeze sport various bloody cuts.
  • A villain hits Casey twice as another man drives the semi they're in. She and the villain then struggle over a machine gun that fires and hits the driver, killing him (with bloody results).
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Stuck on a two-lane road in traffic, Casey takes over driving the rig from Perkins and pushes a car out of the way so that she and their small convoy can drive through a farm field to get around the roadblock.
  • Perkins and his crew attempt to steal $600 million from a federal reserve center.
  • It turns out Sheriff Dixon is in on the plan and aims a shotgun at Casey and Will when they arrive to report the crime. He has Casey drop her gun and she kicks it away, but lunges for it moments later. She fires a shot at the sheriff who shoots back, with Will tackling Dixon and the two struggle before escaping with Casey and Dixon exchanging some gunfire.
  • Perkins informs one villain that his brother is dead, prompting him to refer to Casey as a "bitch."
  • Dixon and his deputies attempt to take over the robbery.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Scenes listed here and under "Violence" may be unsettling, suspenseful or scary to younger viewers and/or those with low tolerance levels for such material.
  • In a prologue, young Will and Breeze's father is driving the boys through a bad hurricane when a tree falls over in the road in front of them. Their dad swerves off the road but ends up stuck in a farm field. He takes his boys into the house and tries to use a winch to pull the truck loose, but the hurricane winds worsen. Things start flying around and the house the boys are in starts shaking and they look outside to see a large water tower top or silo (or something similar) roll by and strike their father. The house is then pulled out of the ground and lifted on one side, with the boy looking up through the opening at a monstrous skull-like face in the storm above them.
  • Will climbs up several ladders to get up to a transmission tower atop a building onto which he's going to attach a hook at the end of his vehicle's winch line. While up there, a large piece of debris strikes the tower and nearly hits him, causing him to lose his grip and dangle on the line that blows him outward from the tower. Around that time, bad guys show up and Casey opens fire on them with a machine gun and they return fire. She manages to shoot the driver of one truck that then crashes into a gas station and causes a big explosion. She then backs up Will's vehicle and manages to pull the tower over, with it smashing part of the building beneath it.
  • A criminal punches Randy in the face, drives him back against a wall, throws him across the room and hits him again.
  • Dixon and his deputies aim weapons at Perkins and another man. Perkins then shoots Dixon dead and that's followed by a gun standoff between the two sides until they come to a financial agreement.
  • Casey shoots out a skylight in a shopping mall, thus causing the air inside (along with various bad guys) to be sucked up and out (after Breeze head-butts one). The same happens to Casey and Will, but they're cabled to the structure and thus don't die.
  • Bad guys enter a greenhouse where Casey and Will are located. But a huge wave smashes through one side of the building and sweeps away those men as well as Casey and Will.
  • Perkins has two of his men nearly put Randy through an industrial shredder.
  • Perkins shoots Randy twice, killing him (with briefly seen bloody results). He then pushes Casey back against stacks of money and holds his handgun on her.
  • Will goes out onto the hood of Breeze's truck and jumps to the back of a semi in motion in front of them. Breeze then attempts the same and barely makes the jump and briefly dangles from the back with his feet dragging on the road until Will helps him up. They then run across the top up to the cab on either side where Frears shoots at Will several times but is then shot in the hand or arm by Breeze on the other side.
  • A villain hits Casey twice as another man drives the semi they're in. She and the villain then struggle over a machine gun that fires and hits the driver, killing him (with bloody results), with the truck then going out of control (as Will dangles from the side). Will then gets in and drives as Casey and the man continue fighting. The rig briefly goes airborne, thus allowing Casey to reload and shoot the villain while he's in the air in the cab, with Will then kicking him out of that and onto the road/ground.
  • As Will pulls up alongside his cab in motion, Perkins riddles that rig with machine gun fire, and Casey shoots back, hitting Perkins in the arm. As this happens, they're in the eye of the hurricane with that eyewall quickly gaining on them. Will and Breeze then bang Perkins's semi from either side until the trailer part is lifted off the road, twister-style. It then comes crashing down and lands on Perkins's cab, resulting in an explosion. Breeze's rig then has problems and he manages to transfer over to Will's rig. But as Sasha tries the same, the storm lifts her rig up into the sky with her and Frears still inside (presumably resulting in their deaths).
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Handguns/Rifles/Shotguns/Machine guns/Sedative darts/Explosives: Carried and/or used to threaten, wound or kill others and/or cause property damage. See "Violence" for details.
  • We see armed guards inside the truck Casey is driving.
  • Breeze shows his brother than he has a small wall of weapons.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Sure as sh*t..." "Sh*t, lady," "Like sh*t," "Gonna be a sh*t-show," "Sh*t-hole," "Cut the sh*t," "Sh*t-head," "Holy sh*t," "As sh*tty as it is," "Now that we put all that sh*t out there," "Can't drive this thing for sh*t," "No one knows sh*t," "Sh*t-load," "You didn't have the balls..." "Cattle prod his privates," "Nice to see you grew a pair since this morning," "Screw around," "Damn your projections," "Lame-ass job," "Damn it," "You had a keen interest in her biology," "You two freaks," "It's a damn minefield," "Hell of a day," "What the hell /was that about?" "My ass," "Shut up," "You screwed up," "How the hell you ended up in this job," "G*ddamn that hick," "Damn weatherman," "That bitch," "You idiot," "You screwed it up," "You weirdo," "A piss poor situation," "What in the hell?" "Hell, yes sir," "G*ddamn it," "Damn it to hell" and "Damn you."
  • The film's action could be enticing for kids to imitate.
  • The film might inspire kids to head into severe weather conditions.
  • Stuck on a two-lane road in traffic, Casey takes over driving the rig from Perkins and pushes a car out of the way so that she and their small convoy can drive through a farm field to get around the roadblock.
  • Breeze pours some liquor into whatever he's drinking for breakfast, and then takes a swig from the bottle.
  • Will throws hubcaps out into the wind so that they become projectiles headed toward Perkins and another man. They avoid some of those, but one finally hits and impales that other man, killing him.
  • Casey shoots out a skylight in a shopping mall, thus causing the air inside (along with various bad guys) to be sucked up and out (after Breeze head-butts one). The same happens to Casey and Will, but they're cabled to the structure and thus don't die.
  • Casey and Will set out to create a car bomb and first go to a greenhouse for fertilizer.
  • Perkins has two of his men nearly put Randy through an industrial shredder.
  • Will goes out onto the hood of Breeze's truck and jumps to the back of a semi in motion in front of them. Breeze then attempts the same and barely makes the jump and briefly dangles from the back with his feet dragging on the road until Will helps him up. They then run across the top up to the cab on either side.
  • Will goes from the cab of one semi to the back of another in motion.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • In a prologue, young Will and Breeze are inside a house during a hurricane when they look outside to see a large water tower top or silo (or something similar) roll by and strike their father.
  • While Will is up on a tower, some large debris suddenly strikes that and nearly hits him.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • An extreme amount of suspenseful, ominous, heavily dramatic and action-oriented music plays in the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 1 possible "f" word, 22 "s" words, 1 slang term using male genitals ("d*ck"), 11 hells, 7 damns, 4 asses (1 used with "hole"), 3 uses of "G-damn" and 1 use each of "For Christ's sakes" and "Jesus."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • As they discuss a past biology teacher who was apparently attractive, Will reminds Breeze, "You had a keen interest in her biology."
  • Will uses something to pick up a woman's pair of panties left in Breeze's place.
  • Sasha wears a high-fashion dress that's very low-cut on one side, thus exposing the top of her breast (but no nipple).
  • The order is given to "cattle prod his privates" (but that never happens).
  • Breeze jokingly tells his brother, "Nice to see you grew a pair since this morning" (meaning testicles).
  • Sasha suggestively spreads her legs for Frears as he drives a semi (we don't see her crotch), and we later see her sitting on his lap (it's unclear if they're doing anything else).
  • SMOKING
  • None.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • In a prologue, young Will and Breeze's father is driving the boys through a bad hurricane when a tree falls over in the road in front of them. Their dad swerves off the road but ends up stuck in a farm field. He takes his boys into the house and tries to use a winch to pull the truck loose, but the hurricane winds worsen. Things start flying around and the house the boys are in starts shaking and they look outside to see a large water tower top or silo (or something similar) roll by and strike their father. The house is then pulled out of the ground and lifted on one side, with the boy looking up through the opening at a monstrous skull-like face in the storm above them.
  • Perkins informs one villain that his brother is dead, prompting him to refer to Casey as a "bitch."
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
    Losing a parent.
  • Being a meteorologist.
  • How past events can affect people (beyond the brothers losing their father, Casey states she made a bad decision in the past that got someone killed).
  • Will brings up climate change and its effect on making hurricanes worse.
  • Money that's taken out of circulation and destroyed.
  • VIOLENCE
  • In a prologue, young Breeze punches young Will in the shoulder in their father's truck.
  • In a prologue, young Will and Breeze's father is driving the boys through a bad hurricane when a tree falls over in the road in front of them. Their dad swerves off the road but ends up stuck in a farm field. He takes his boys into the house and tries to use a winch to pull the truck loose, but the hurricane winds worsen. Things start flying around and the house the boys are in starts shaking and they look outside to see a large water tower top or silo (or something similar) roll by and strike their father. The house is then pulled out of the ground and lifted on one side, with the boy looking up through the opening at a monstrous skull-like face in the storm above them.
  • Stuck on a two-lane road in traffic, Casey takes over driving the rig from Perkins and pushes a car out of the way so that she and their small convoy can drive through a farm field to get around the roadblock.
  • Perkins's team fires sedatives into the armed guards at the facility, with one's machine gun wildly firing into the air and the roof of the checkpoint guardhouse. Other guards open fire on the villains (who send an empty van smashing into some parked vehicles), but miss and are shot with sedative darts, while a concussion grenade or similar is thrown into that guardhouse. Guards inside riddle a large metal door with bullets as the criminals set explosives that blow that door in and blow those guards back. Perkins then hits two men inside and shoots sedative darts into them.
  • Frears aims a handgun at Perkins but Sasha stands in between them. Perkins then pushes Randy back against the vault and holds a handgun to his chin.
  • Casey approaches the facility with her handgun drawn, but then has laser sights on her and is about to give up when Breeze drives up fast and she fires some shots as shots are fired at them. The tires are then shot out and the car crashes into some bollards that have just been raised.
  • Casey gets into a gun battle (handgun vs. machine gun) before Will drives up and rescue her in his armored storm chaser vehicle.
  • It turns out Sheriff Dixon is in on the plan and aims a shotgun at Casey and Will when they arrive to report the crime. He has Casey drop her gun and she kicks it away, but lunges for it moments later. She fires a shot at the sheriff who shoots back, with Will tackling Dixon and the two struggle before escaping with Casey and Dixon exchanging some gunfire.
  • Bad guys pursue Casey and Will in his armored storm chaser vehicle and shoot at that as Casey returns fire. Will eventually stops and plants stability spikes down into the road, thus making that vehicle an immovable object that the pursuing car strikes and then rolls several times. The men inside are bloody but alive.
  • Perkins grabs Breeze by the throat and pushes him back against a generator.
  • Will climbs up several ladders to get up to a transmission tower atop a building onto which he's going to attach a hook at the end of his vehicle's winch line. While up there, a large piece of debris strikes the tower and nearly hits him, causing him to lose his grip and dangle on the line that blows him outward from the tower. Around that time, bad guys show up and Casey opens fire on them with a machine gun and they return fire. She manages to shoot the driver of one truck that then crashes into a gas station and causes a big explosion. She then backs up Will's vehicle and manages to pull the tower over, with it smashing part of the building beneath it.
  • A criminal punches Randy in the face, drives him back against a wall, throws him across the room and hits him again.
  • Will throws hubcaps out into the wind so that they become projectiles headed toward Perkins and another man. They avoid some of those, but one finally hits and impales that other man, killing him.
  • Breeze tries to free some guards by cutting through a fence, but Frears activates a just installed electric component and Breeze receives a shock that downs him.
  • Dixon and his deputies aim weapons at Perkins and another man. Perkins then shoots Dixon dead and that's followed by a gun standoff between the two sides until they come to a financial agreement.
  • Casey shoots out a skylight in a shopping mall, thus causing the air inside (along with various bad guys) to be sucked up and out (after Breeze head-butts one). The same happens to Casey and Will, but they're cabled to the structure and thus don't die.
  • Bad guys enter a greenhouse where Casey and Will are located. But a huge wave smashes through one side of the building and sweeps away those men as well as Casey and Will.
  • Perkins shoots Randy twice, killing him (with briefly seen bloody results). He then pushes Casey back against stacks of money and holds his handgun on her.
  • Will goes out onto the hood of Breeze's truck and jumps to the back of a semi in motion in front of them. Breeze then attempts the same and barely makes the jump and briefly dangles from the back with his feet dragging on the road until Will helps him up. They then run across the top up to the cab on either side where Frears shoots at Will several times but is then shot in the hand or arm by Breeze on the other side.
  • A villain hits Casey twice as another man drives the semi they're in. She and the villain then struggle over a machine gun that fires and hits the driver, killing him (with bloody results), with the truck then going out of control (as Will dangles from the side). Will then gets in and drives as Casey and the man continue fighting. The rig briefly goes airborne, thus allowing Casey to reload and shoot the villain while he's in the air in the cab, with Will then kicking him out of that and onto the road/ground.
  • As Will pulls up alongside his cab in motion, Perkins riddles that rig with machine gun fire, and Casey shoots back, hitting Perkins in the arm. As this happens, they're in the eye of the hurricane with that eyewall quickly gaining on them. Will and Breeze then bang Perkins's semi from either side until the trailer part is lifted off the road, twister-style. It then comes crashing down and lands on Perkins's cab, resulting in an explosion. Breeze's rig then has problems and he manages to transfer over to Will's rig. But as Sasha tries the same, the storm lifts her rig up into the sky with her and Frears still inside (presumably resulting in their deaths).



  • Reviewed March 8, 2018 / Posted March 9, 2018

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