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The Hurricane Heist (USA, 2018)

The Hurricane Heist is the new Hollywood action film directed by Rob Cohen. Out of the six reviews it has received on so far, only one is positive. Even the only favourable review, written by Fred Topel, starts with a sarcastic comment: "We need movies where bad guys try to rob the treasury in the middle of a hurricane as much as we need somber treatises on the state of the world." Topel is right. There is nothing original or exciting about this flick for most movie lovers. Well... almost nothing.

The robbery is thrilling, but already seen a thousand times. The plot is a cliché, but executed quite commendably. All the bad guys die at the end, and all the good guys stay alive? Well, we can live with that if the final chase keeps us on the edge of our seats. There are serious dialogues that need reflection when lives are in jeopardy? Er... in a movie where there's not much rest from the shootings, bone-cracking punches and wild chases, one still needs to give a background explaining the important points in intrapersonal relationships.

If the action movie with at least five scenes of an enraged criminal yelling at a victim with a gun pointing in their face does not have charismatic characters and witty replicas, what is the salvaging moment? In other words: if the plot is stereotypical and the dialogues are hackneyed, what is left for us to analyse?

Well, the view of the hurricane threat in the film is serious and ominous, just like it deserves to be. The natural calamity that's growing in strength and its potential destructive power is truthfully presented as a grave peril, as a family executioner.  For the sake of memorable effect, it is even anthropomorphised in the shape of a howling monster formed in the hurricane cloud. People in the Southern United States tend to easily forget the damage these indicators of the exponentially increasing effects of global warming have caused, but no one is at ease when the satellite pictures show a huge cloud with a hole in the middle above the Caribbean. Sadly, we all know these monsters are only bound to get bigger and more cataclysmic.

Svetozar Postic

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