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
Taking advantage of an impending Category 5 hurricane, a team of hackers and robbers schemes to steal 600 million dollars from a coastal U.S. treasury facility. Unfortunately for them, though, the surrounding town is not as abandoned as they hope. A meteorologist and his estranged brother soon become 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 that it was going to be another of those Gerard Butler saves-the-world flicks. You know, where a likable, nigh-invincible hero singlehandedly saves our existence from some otherworldly conspiracy. It didn’t help too that apart from Ryan Kwanten, I wasn’t familiar with the cast.
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)
And then there was Maggie Grace’s Casey, which I felt was the most enjoyable aspect of the whole show. With or without the unnecessary backstory, Grace projects an easygoing working-girl-next door affability, one that’s quite tough to hate. I confess to having a mortal weakness for this “type” but were I 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. Poor quality bourbon, for that matter. Luckily, there were enough things elsewhere, a lot of things, blowing around for this to matter.
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