Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 Jul 2020)
Brief Synopsis – In a small coastal town, two blue collar working brothers must work together with a federal agent in order to try and stop a band of thieves from stealing 600 million dollars from a federal facility during a raging hurricane.
My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about when it came out and didn;t have much of a desire to see what it was all about.
I was recently in the mood to watch an action film and it caught my eye, so I decided to see what it was all about.
This film actually surprised me because enjoyed it much more than I had expected that I would given the fact that the premise itself sounds a bit too far fetched.
Regardless, they manage to create a fun story that fits right into the Die Hard (1988) kind of genre where it’s one man (or woman) against a lot of criminals were their main resource is their wits and knowledge of what is going on around them.
The cast of this film is actually quite underwhelming yet Maggie Grace does shine in one of the lead roles and shows that she has what it takes to be a great action hero.
The story itself works quite well despite the fact that there are some twists and turns in the story line that feel a bit too convenient and in some cases predictable.
The action scenes are enhanced by the special effects which helps make these characters seem as if they are truly in the middle of a deadly hurricane during this heist.
This helps make the hurricane itself feel like one of the main characters of the film which works well.
Bottom Line – Fun heist film that works quite well given it’s somewhat silly sounding premise. The film works really well in the Die Hard (1988) genre as a story about one lone person trying to fend off a band of criminals while only having their wit and their knowledge as their best resources. The story plays out well even if a few of the twists and turns feel a bit too predictable and convenient. The cast is a bit underwhelming but Grace manages to hold her own in this story. The special effects are done nicely and truly make us believe the effects of a super speeding hurricane that whirls around the characters and takes on its own form as a main character in the film. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the early 1990s, Sylvester Stallone was attached to star in a similar project to this film, called “Gale Force,” about an ex-Navy SEAL who defends a seacoast town from a gang of modern pirates during a hurricane. David Chappe had written the script and Renny Harlin was going to direct. Carolco Pictures had a $40 million budget for the film, but creative disagreements over the script and concerns about cost forced Carolco to scrap the film and make Cliffhanger (1993) instead. Also in 1995 Stallone was involved to star in another similar film titled “No Safe Haven”, written by Drew Yanno and Anthony Borghi, in which he would play a Marine who has to fight against militia-like cult who take over Martha’s Vineyard and take president’s family as hostages during large hurricane, and only help he has is the president who managed to escape from cult members while they were taking over the island. But “No Safe Haven” was also cancelled very early in production. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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