Into the Storm **Dir: Steven Quale. With: Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh. 89 mins. Cert: 12A
Another unfortunate consequence of global warming: the return of the cheesy disaster movie. This very mild example resembles countless Channel Five afternoon premieres: for Greg Evigan and Suzanne Somers, we have Veep’s Matt Walsh and Prison Break’s Sarah Wayne Callies as “stormchasers” (i.e. jock meteorologists) pursuing hurricanes through Michigan, while Richard Armitage essays the Dean Cain role as the vice-principal charged with rescuing his son from “the old papermill”. Its destructive setpieces may loose the odd popcorn kernel onto the Screen 7 carpet, but it’s really just an effects reel: the weather – cloudy wisps turning to massive, fiery hellblasts – is considerably better developed than its quarry. Stick with Twister.
Into the Storm opens in cinemas nationwide today.