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August 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Three of the handful of positive reviews for Into the Storm, a found-footage disaster film, are remarkably similar. (Indeed, quotation marks ought to be placed around "positive.") Ty Burr in the Boston Globe writes: "Into the Storm features laughable dialogue, far-fetched situations, and generic characters played by actors who almost look like more famous stars. I still had a blast; and if you lower your resistance, you may too." Likewise, Lou Lumenick in the New York Post calls it "Twister for dummies, but by no means is that an insult. The new film is enormous fun if you’re in the right mood." And Joe Morgenstern in the Wall Street Journal comments that what is remarkable about this "low-rent knockoff" of Twister "is the velocity of its cheerful idiocy, the blithe vacuity of its narrative downtime between tornado touchdowns." Most critics, however, are not so — er — generous. Michael Phillips in the Chicago Tribune, for example, describes a scene in which one of the principal characters is "stuck underneath rubble and the water’s gushing in, and it’s rising, and getting nearer and nearer his mouth, and he starts videotaping an alarmingly lengthy farewell to friends and family. And the whole time you’re rooting for the water."