Hurricane Heist


The Hurricane Heist

Directed By: Rob Cohen
Starring: Maggie Grace, Ryan Kwanten, Toby Kebbell, Ralph Ineson, Melissa Bolona, James Cutler, Christian Contreras,
Rated: PG-13
Grade: C+

As a hurricane bears down on a Gulf Coast town in Alabama, a group of criminals decide to rob a facility that destroys old currency. However, they weren’t planning on the storm knocking out the facilities main power, or needing an entry code for the vault that only Casey, the treasury department driver who brings in the old currency, has. Upon learning that the facility is being robbed, Casey teams up with a local meteorologist, who happens to be the brother of the man brought in to fix the generators, and tries to stop the theft.

If nothing else, Rob Cohen movies are a good way block out the problems of the world for 90 minutes. While there does seem to be some thought put into the script, much of the movie is just action scenes piled on top of each other, with small respites for bits of character building. After playing the perpetual victim in the Taken trilogy, Maggie Grace appears to be attempting to rectify that image by taking on more roles as of late where she plays action-oriented characters who are capable of handling themselves. Ryan Kwanten does okay as Breeze, the repairman brought in to fix the facility’s generator, though his accent slips a couple of times to let his natural Australian one through. The characters all seem to work well together, and the actors all have a decent chemistry. The action scenes are interesting enough and there are enough of them that it keeps things rolling.

The effects aren’t too bad. Most of it relies on creating the titular hurricane and related weather atmosphere. There are no noticeable explosions, or at least none worth remembering.

As far as disaster flicks go, this one’s not too bad. It’s probably one that you wouldn’t mind watching more than once, so it’s worth the money to rent, or even buy.

The Hurricane Heist is not available to stream anywhere at the moment, but it can be rented from Redbox or Netflix home delivery service, or purchased from a participating store or on-line retailer.

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