Written by Aaron Radcliff and Jeffrey Scott:
This weekend saw four different films released. While most people will end up going to see A Wrinkle in Time or The Strangers, there’s one film that could potentially sneak under the radar…although not for being good.
The Hurricane Heist is the early favorite for best-worst film of the year. But is it actually a good bad film or is it just bad? I’m joined by a good friend and cinefile, Horrorfuel writer Jeffrey Scott to discuss just that.
Jeffrey: The best thing that can be said about this movie is it had the appropriate amount of people being sucked out of windows/ceilings and getting crushed by giant grain silos. Hurricane Tiffany has the accuracy of Randy Johnson as she hurls truck beds, hubcaps, and various other sharp objects at bad guys. Mother Nature don’t fuck around when it comes to bringing holy hell down on the heathens.
Aaron: Obviously there was bound to be some over-the-top action here thanks to Rob Cohen being the director. When you have xXx and Fast and the Furious in your repertoire, you should be able to bring some enjoyably dumb action fun. But this was an incredibly goofy movie. From the weird skull clouds in the sky to to the one guy being killed by a hubcap à la Captain America, there was plenty of strange stuff that I couldn’t help but laugh at. The problem is that it works in the first and final 15 minutes, but all the time in between is just kinda boring. I found myself struggling to stay focused or even care about what was happening.
Jeffrey: I agree. It wasn’t 15 minutes in before I gave up trying to give a shit at what was going on. As far as dumbass, cheesy action films go, Hurricane Heist had some pretty good dumbass, cheesy action. I had no idea meteorologists could hop from speeding truck to truck, out-shoot trained mercenaries, or stunt drive through a hurricane, but I’m not a well-paid Hollywood writer so I guess I could be wrong.
Aaron: Is the plot as dumb as I thought it was? A heist during a hurricane. How did you expect that to go?
Jeffrey: Also why was there 16 guards for $600 million dollars? That’s a lot of damn money! But minus the bitching about schematics and general stupidity that permeates this film like a particularly dull eye in a particularly violent hurricane, the more important question remains: was The Hurricane Heist a fun watch?
Aaron: I honestly don’t know. As I said, the beginning and end were enjoyable enough in how bad it was, but everything in between was forgettable. Admittedly, the action scenes had their moments, and I’d be disappointed if they didn’t. But when I think back to last year’s Geostorm, that was a really dumb and bad movie but I enjoyed it a lot because it took its stupidity and ran with it, even taking it to the extremes at times. But here, it feels like HH finds where the limits are but refuses to go past them. To me, that’s what separates a bad movie from a so-bad-it’s-good movie.
Jeffrey: So-bad-it’s-good film making has REALLY taken a beating the last couple of years despite popular assertion to the contrary. Sharknado is not so-bad-it’s-good. It’s just awful. Purposely making a film bad so that it can be ironically good has always, as long as I’ve been watching movies, turned out unwatchable.
Aaron: That’s the thing, I don’t know if this was intended to be that. Goofy, yes, but I feel there was some attempt at taking it serious but they just didn’t know how. All I know is that, for a budget of $35 million, it shouldn’t look like a Syfy film. You’d think they could do a little more with what they have available. I’ll admit that the overpowered Batmobile-looking car was cool, though.
Jeffrey: This thing isn’t making $35 million. I’d be surprised if it made $15 million. When the inevitable Rifftrax comes out in a few months, this movie will be a whole lot more watchable.
Aaron: Would you say it’s worth seeing on a rainy day or just let it pass? I’d say save your money for something better.
Jeffrey: I have Movie Pass so I see all this shit free anyway. But yeah, I’d give this one a pass. It’ll be on FXX by June.
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