Stormy Saturday: Digital Spy–Into the Storm Joins the Disaster Movie Genre, with a Twist-er, August 16, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #19)
The importance of character development and story plots to films is essential. But now films have the innovation of special effects that can create additional characters such as other worldy Aliens from the puppet shop, Middle Earthian beings through motion capture, and CGI created entities be they fire, wind, rain, or dirt–or all mixed together, as they are in the recently released (in the U.S. and Canada, but due to be released in the UK August 20th) film Into the Storm’s visual effects.
So I was especially keen to read Simon Reynolds Digital Spy article yesterday–Into the Storm and the Changing Face of the Disaster Movie”— about the disaster movie genre. He gave several examples of disaster movies–the big films I remember seeing more than once are Earthquake, The Towering Inferno, The Poseidon Adventure, the Airport 77 and other films, etc. These films all had international casts including U.S. film industry giants such as Charleton Heston, Ava Gardner, Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman, Red Buttons, Jacqueline Bisset, Jimmy Stewart, etc., and you cared what happened to their characters. Just as I was concerned for the outcome of several of the characters in Into the Storm (but I will give no spoilers).
However, Reynolds lets Into the Storm (image left) Director Steven Quale explain people’s seeming fascination with dire situations made into movies:
“And why do we love the disaster movie? Quale has a very simple theory about living vicariously through big-screen entertainment. “I think audiences are fascinated with what terrifies them,” he says. “There’s a certain part of human nature, you want to see what it would be like to be right there in the eye of the storm.
“Many people are too afraid to go storm chasing and do it for real, so they go see a movie to get that experience and that sensation of living through it.””
Or as one of the Into the Storm film’s stars, the talented British Actor Richard Armitage—who portrays Dad and Asst. Principal Gary Fuller (right, in blue shirt; with eldest son Donnie portrayed by Max Deacon being cradled in his arms, and younger son Trey portrayed by Nathan Kress looking over his shoulder)– framed his response when asked a similar question:
Maybe, as Mr. Armitage suggests, we all hope that we will rise to the occasion if circumstances required us to try to save someone else’s life. Or, that we would persevere and pick up the pieces of our lives and move forward after a catastrophe.
So, I will undoubtedly see the film Into the Storm again–both for the human stories it presents, as well as, for the amazing visual effects on display, such as the firenado sequence.
Below is a teaser trailer of the Todd Garner Produced Warner Bros. Pictures film Into the Storm–with quite a lot of Richard Armitage’s character Gary Fuller in it–to further encourage your interest in seeing the film Into the Storm:
“Into The Storm – HD Trailer 2 – Official Warner Bros.” a video shared by Warner Bros. UK