I found myself watching yet another movie buried in Netflix. This time, it’s a film titled Hurricane Heist. It was directed by the same direct of the Fast and the Furious and released in 2018 to a lukewarm reception from critics. But that’s not what we’re here to discuss. We’re here to figure out how the story flushed out.
Some spoilers beyond this point…
The movie is a story about a deep country town that houses the national treasury. On the eve of a massive hurricane, money is being delivered to the treasury to be shredded. There are two agents that the audience is introduced to Casey and Perkins.
They arrive at the same time that the sheriff has issued a city-wide evacuation except a few of his police staff to make sure homes aren’t burglarized during the storm. At the same time, the government agents are heading into the city because shredding money can’t wait until the storm passes.
All the while, the heist has been planned from the beginning, and Perkins is in cahoots with the police sheriff to move the money. Hostages are taken, Casey (our lead) is the only person who can resolve the situation, and she ends up enlisting the help of two home town brothers (Will and Breeze) to help save the day.
Characters, Confusion, & open ends
This film telegraphs each other the robbers so much before the heist even takes place that it leaves no imagination regarding a conspiracy. Besides the regular people who initiate the heist, you can tell the sheriff is apart of it, and Perkins, the partner of Casey, is in on it too.
What makes the movie worth watching is the hurricane dynamic. The rain is pleasant to watch. It’s the most exciting element of the film. The way the storm makes the characters act and react is the best part of the movie. Also, Willie and Breeze, the two people most affected by the areas erratic weather, happen to be charming.
Perkins is an interesting character to pay attention to as well. When you meet him, he’s just running his rounds, taking money to the Department of Treasury to be shredded. He seems to care about the citizens. When you realize Perkins is the leader of the heist, you can still tell that he doesn’t want anyone hurt. However, slowly but surely, he starts to lose his patience due to the evolving situation with the storm and his opposition.
In my opinion, Casey gets way too comfortable too soon in the film. Its almost like she has a relationship with Willie, but she technically just met him. That threw me off a little bit, but one could argue that she aligned her self with a native and needed to adapt to the situation quickly to be successful.
I also started seeing things that didn’t make sense. For instance, in a hurricane with high winds, a person shouldn’t be able to hear another person from the ground if they are on a cell tower with no coms devices. Or why shooting the roof off of a mall wouldn’t eliminate everyone, even people tethered to a pilar in the mall.
There are other things, but I’m sure they are all used to move the plot forward. Never the less, the plot was set up well in the beginning, I think it started to lose its footing and became a bit messy toward the end of the film. You never find out what happens to the three survivors. A few things are resolved, but not everything, and that is what could be flushed out.
Take a look at this movie for yourself and decide what you think happened after everything settled. I’d love to hear your thoughts.