The Hurricane Heist
|The Hurricane Heist|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Rob Cohen|
|Music by||Lorne Balfe|
|Edited by||Niven Howie|
|Distributed by||Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures|
|Box office||$31 million|
The Hurricane Heist is a 2018 American disaster heist action film directed by Rob Cohen and written by Jeff Dixon and Scott Windhauser. It was released in the UK as a Sky Cinema Original Film. The film stars Toby Kebbell, Maggie Grace, Ryan Kwanten, Melissa Bolona, and Ralph Ineson, and is about a band of thieves who plan to use a Category 5 hurricane to cover their tracks of a bank robbery. The film was released on March 9, 2018, received negative reviews and was a box-office bomb, making just $31 million against its estimated $35 million budget.
In 1992 Alabama, Will and Breeze Rutledge are evacuating from the destructive Hurricane Andrew with their dad. However, their truck gets stuck after avoiding a toppling tree in front of them and they are forced to take refuge in a nearby house. While trying to save the truck from blowing away, strong winds blow a water tank and it crushes their dad, killing him.
In 2005, another destructive hurricane named Tammy approaches the town in Alabama. Treasury agent Casey Corbyn is ordered by fellow employee Randy Moreno to summon Breeze, who now works as a handyman, and whose brother Will is a meteorologist, to fix the generator at a cash storage facility. While she is out of the facility, rogue Treasury agents, led by Connor Perkins, infiltrate the facility and hold employee Moreno hostage. Their plan is to steal $600 million, and Perkins enlists computer hackers, Sasha and Frears, to crack the code of the vault. Failing to decrypt it, Perkins realizes that Corbyn may have changed it, so he has his men find her. Sasha and Frears have to use a brute-force attack using the town's transmission tower. As Corbyn and Breeze drive back to the facility, they encounter the mercenaries and Corbyn engages in a shootout with them. Will appears and helps her escape with his Dominator, but Breeze is left behind and is captured. He successfully repairs the generator and is taken hostage.
Will is upset when he learns that his brother is in danger. Determined to save him, he and Corbyn meet Sheriff Jimmy Dixon at his station, but he reveals himself to be one of Perkins' cohorts and they escape. When Dixon and another cohort chase them, Will manages to knock their car with his Dominator. Realizing that the tower is being used to crack the vault's code, Will and Corbyn manage to topple it moments before the decryption process is complete. However, Perkins' men—who extracted Dixon from the wreck—spot them and engages in a gunfight with them, but they escape. Dixon turns Perkins down, confronting him over a botched heist in the previous hurricane. When Dixon wants to claim all the money Perkins shoots him dead and persuades Dixon's men to find Corbyn.
While looting a mall, Corbyn calls Perkins and makes a deal for the release of Moreno and Breeze as long as she opens the vault and gets the money. The mercenaries arrive at the mall with Breeze to get her, but Corbyn shoots the glass roof, sucking the mercenaries out into the storm. Corbyn, Will, and Breeze manage to hold on. After the storm surge, Corbyn is captured while Breeze rescues the stranded Will. Back at the Treasury facility, Corbyn is able to crack the code, but Perkins breaks his deal to release Moreno. Avenging the deaths of his men Jaqi and Xander.
As the eye of the storm passes, they take the money using three of the facility's truck trailers with Corbyn. Will and Breeze follow them. With the eye-wall approaching on their tail, Will and Breeze take over a truck and Frears and Perkins are injured in the process. After the struggle with Perkins, the eye-wall sucks the money out of one of the trucks and then the truck itself. Perkins is killed after his own detached trailer crushes him. When Breeze's truck engine backfires and burns, Will and Corbyn transfer him to their truck, but as they attempt to rescue Sasha and Frears they are sucked into the storm. Corbyn and the brothers manage to outrun the storm safely, and drive away into the sunshine.
- Toby Kebbell as Will Rutledge, the meteorologist
- Leonardo Dickens and Luke Judy as Young Will Rutledge
- Maggie Grace as Casey Corbyn, the Treasury agent
- Ryan Kwanten as Breeze Rutledge, Will's older, ex-Marine brother
- Patrick McAuley and Andre Robinson as Young Breeze Rutledge
- Ralph Ineson as Connor Perkins, a corrupt Treasury employee
- Melissa Bolona as Sasha Van Dietrich, a computer hacker and Frears' girlfriend
- Ben Cross as Sheriff Jimmy Dixon, a corrupt lawman
- Jamie Andrew Cutler as Clement Rice, Xander's brother
- Christian Contreras as Agent Randy Moreno, an employee of the Treasury
- Jimmy Walker as Xander Rice, Clement's brother
- Ed Birch as Frears, another computer hacker and Sasha's boyfriend
- Moyo Akande as Jaqi, Perkins' lover
- James Barriscale as Deputy Michaels
- Mark Basnight as Deputy Gabrielle
- Keith D. Evans as Deputy Rothilsberg
- Mark Rhino Smith as Deputy Baldwin
- Brooke Johnston as Deputy Diamond
- Natacha Karam as Laurie
In January 2016, it was announced that Rob Cohen had signed on to write and direct the film, then titled Category 5, with casting underway and a Summer 2016 principal production start set. In February 2016, it was announced that the film had been acquired for distribution in a large number of international locations via the European Film Market. In May 2016, it was revealed that Toby Kebbell had been set to star in the film. In June 2016, the rest of the cast was announced.
Principal photography on the film began in Bulgaria on August 29, 2016. In July 2017, the completed film, now titled The Hurricane Heist, was acquired for domestic distribution by Entertainment Studios with an early 2018 release date slated.
The Hurricane Heist has grossed $6.2 million in the United States and Canada, and $24.8 million in other territories, for a worldwide total $31 million against a production budget of $35 million.
In the United States and Canada, The Hurricane Heist was released on March 9, 2018 alongside The Strangers: Prey at Night, Gringo, and A Wrinkle in Time, and was initially projected to gross around $7 million from 2,402 theaters in its opening weekend. However, after making just $950,000 on its first day, weekend estimates were lowered to $3 million. It ended up grossing $3 million, finishing ninth.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 45% based on 55 reviews, and an average rating of 4.8/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "The Hurricane Heist is a throwback to the overblown action thrillers of yesteryear—and a thoroughly middling example of why they don't make 'em like this anymore." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 35 out of 100, based on 12 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B–" on an A+ to F scale.
Alonso Duralde of TheWrap criticized the film's direction, acting and overbearing musical score, saying, "Critics often lament that worthy films released early in the year are too often forgotten during awards season, so let's be very clear up front: For your Best of the Worst of 2018 consideration, in all categories, The Hurricane Heist." Andrew Barker, writing for Variety, gave the film an ironic recommendation, calling it the best worst movie of 2018 and saying: "All three of our heroes take time out in the middle of survival situations to discuss their undying love of football and the Second Amendment, but they also believe in climate change. If our divided country can't come together over a movie this wonderfully terrible, what hope do we really have?"
There are some factual inconsistencies relating to the alleged location of the events in the film. Several scenes show mountains in the distance, but the entire Gulf Coast is completely flat. Also, the film claims to be in Gulfport, which exists in Mississippi, not Alabama. Also, the wall of the hurricane chases the protagonists east along U.S. Route 90 toward Pensacola, but hurricanes coming off the Gulf never travel due east or west.
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