The Hurricane Heist isn’t going to win any awards for story or originality. But for two hours of popcorn munching fun, it does a competent job.
The Hurricane Heist Synopsis
A team of hackers and robbers schemes to steal 600 million dollars from a coastal U.S. treasury facility during a disastrous Category 5 hurricane. Unfortunately for them, the surrounding town is not as abandoned as they hope. With a meteorologist and his estranged brother soon becoming their biggest huddle.
I didn’t pay much attention to The Hurricane Heist over the last few weeks. The name and previews gave me the impression it was going to be another of those Gerard Butler type saves-the-world flicks. You know, where a likely hero singlehandedly saves our existence from some otherworldly conspiracy. It didn’t help that apart from Ryan Kwanten, I wasn’t familiar with the cast too.
Well, I watched it anyway, last night, because there was nothing else suitable for my timing. Surprise, surprise. It wasn’t at all half bad.
There were the usual shortcomings of such popcorn flicks, the worst being how the writers fumbled in their attempt to imbue every main character with some sort of rich psychological backstory. Thank goodness they gave up midway and so at least a third of The Hurricane Heist was good old doomsday fun.
As for quality of effects, this ranges from the overdrawn to the genuinely disturbing, though I have to say I wouldn’t know any better since I’ve never been anywhere near a hurricane. (Of which I’m grateful) Overall, what I found most enjoyable in the whole show was the straightforward likeability of Maggie Grace’s Casey. With or without the unnecessary backstory, Grace projects an easy working-girl-next door affability that’s quite tough to hate. I confess to having a mortal weakness for this type but if I were to hazard a guess, I suspect most audiences would not find it hard to warm up to the character too. As for Toby Kebbell’s lead, well, he was mostly as flat as watered-down bourbon. Luckily, there was enough things, a lot of things, blowing around for this to matter.
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