Monday, 25 March 2013

Review: Storm Warning (2007)

Storm Warning
IMDB rate: 5,8
Genre: Survival

I once started watching this movie, but I never finished watching this. The movie was on television this weekend so by coincidence I finished watching this from about the same point where I stopped the last time. It had quite some cliches in it, but also a few surprising moments were in it. 

On a weekend boting excursion,husband and wife, Rob and Pia become lost and end up in the most unlikely place, a thick brush filled marsh, on an island in the middle of nowhere. With their boat in disarray, darkness coming on, and a heavy thunderstorm starting up, their only solution is to look for help or seek shelter of some kind. They finally come across a decrepit house and barn with no one home. However, there are definite signs of the house being inhabited, and the enormous crop of marijuana in the barn suggests the homeowners may not welcome their presence. Even worse, there is no telephone or means of communication to the outside world. But when the deranged, redneck owners, Brett, Jimmy and their even more sadistic father Poppy returns, Rob and Pia realize a fear far beyond anything they have ever known. Furious with the unwanted intrusion of the affluent, snooping intruders, the monstrously sadistic farmers imprison and torture the couple, who fearing for their lives, submit to appalling degradation and humiliation. When Rob and Pia learn their kidnappers have no intention of letting them go alive, they finally understand they must do whatever it takes just to survive, and whatever it takes means going to a limit they could never have imagined.

When I started watching this movie, I thought it would be one big cliche. The helpless woman that will become the big victim, the husband that tries to protect her but fails miserably and gets hurt himself. However, it turned out completely different than I thought. When Rob and Pia knew for sure that they would never get away there alive, something great happened. Pia stood up for herself, and made all kinds of traps for the rednecks. What I really liked was the anti-rape tool she made, it was brilliant. 

So like I said, it turned out quite different than you might think, and that's really a good thing. You really respect the woman for making all these traps instead of just crying by her husband. The husband broke his leg and is unable to help, but they do make a good team after all. There where some cliches like running away, and standing still for something they saw on the street. Getting in a car, without the keys. You know them all, but they were not really bothering. 

The story may be a bit standard, a few normal people, on the wrong place, at the wrong time, but it is well written. A bit of gore, well acted and it was actually a bit believable at some points.

I think I liked the movie, it was not one of the best movies I've ever seen, but it was not too bad either, just a normal horror movie that I enjoyed watching.
It's a bit comparable with Wrong Turn (but without the nasty looking fellows) and The Last House on the Left. It's not an extremely good movie, but it's certainly not bad either. It's just a movie with a certain genre that you'll have to enjoy. Gore, blood and cruelty, but also with a story. 

My personal rate: 6,5/10

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