- 7x7 2023
Scott Jeffrey, Rhys Frake-Waterfield for Dark Abyss Productions
directed by Scott Jeffrey, Rhys Frake-Waterfield
starring Nicola Wright, Sian Altman, Toby Wynn-Davies, Daniel Godfrey, Derek Miller, Jamie Robertson, Matthew Marcelis, Martin Foreman, Leah McInnes, Gordon Joseph Millar, Scott Jeffrey, Sophie Storm, Stephen Staley, Stuart Campbell, Charlie Boyce, Matthew Boyle, Mildred-Bristena Mihalca
written by Craig McLearie, music by James Cox
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Mad scientist Devlin (Tom Wynn-Davies) has just developed a device to
create and control a tornado and now tests it with his small team - Helena
(Nicola Wright), Greg (Derek Miller) and intern Anna (Sian Altman) -, and
of course, it doesn't take long before the tornado they've created gets
out of control, and in an attempt to tame it, Greg and the tornado's
remote get sucked into the thing. And soon enough the tornado travels
through the countryside following its own nature rather than Devlin's
will, and on its way to wherever it grows in size, blows up a gas station
and sucks up the resulting fire, turning it into a fire tornado, and
threatens all nearby homes in a mercifully not very densely populated
area. Devlin and company do their best to stay ahead of the tornado to
pretty much manually warn all the locals to leave the area ...
Now meet Pierce (Daniel Godfrey), an accountant for the mob, a small
wheel really, but due to the nature of his job he always keeps large
amounts of money in his house, and the money's not really that well
guarded, because who would steal from the mob, right? But if his house got
destroyed by a tornado, the mob would never even find out they've been
robbed, you just have to time it right - right? At least that's the theory
of baddies Lyle (Jamie Robertson), Tommy (Matthew Marcelis) and Gavin
(Martin Foreman), who break into Pierce's house with only minutes to spare
before the tornado will hit. What they didn't figure was Pierce wouldn't
give up the money just like that. And then Devlin's team storm into the
place on their rescue mission, and get dragged into the whole heist
situation they're barely equipped for ...
A heist movie that's part Twister, part Sharknado
- now that's a new one for sure. And while the outcome might not exactly
be a masterpiece - it suffers from a lack of budget to give the film it's
proper scale, and from so-so special effects -, it's still a fun romp that
mixes disaster and crime movie clichés with a gusto, keeps the pace high
throughout to keep the audience at the edge of their seats, and yet finds
the occasional flashes of humour in the goings-on. And the whole thing's
carried by a competent enough ensemble to keep things grounded, making
this a pretty entertaining watch.