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Into the Storm | 2014 | PG-13 | - 2.6.4

The story follows a man (Matt Walsh) and his crew in their effort to find and film a massive tornado for a documentary. Also with Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Max Deacon, Nathan Kress, Alycia Debnam Carey, Arlen Escarpeta, Jeremy Sumpter, Lee Whittaker, Kyle Davis and Jon Reep. Directed by Steven Quale. [1:29]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A young man and a young woman are shown kissing in the back seat of a car while another young man and young woman in the front seat tease them; the young woman in the front seat asks the young man in the back seat for something and he says that he's "kinda busy." A teen boy and a teen girl hug as water fills the space where they are trapped and they prepare to drown.
 A teen boy teases his older brother about talking to a teen girl that he likes ("swooning over her"). A teen boy tells his older teen brother to "get some skin on camera." A teen boy says that he got a "Nice shot of Miss Bell's cleavage" and that she has a "Nice rack." A teen boy talks about who he will be in the future and remarks about having an attractive girlfriend that he will have sex with (using crude terms).
 We see a video of a woman wearing a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. Teen girls are shown wearing low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage along with short shorts that show bare legs to the thighs.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A young man filming a tornado cloud that has sucked up a fire from the ground drops his camera and when he tries to retrieve it he is sucked away by the cloud; we see the young man swirling inside the cloud and he is seen in flames. A man in an armored vehicle is sucked into a giant swirling storm cloud and knocked around as he moves through the cloud before reaching clear sky and then plummeting back to the ground (we see the vehicle careening toward the ground before the camera goes black).
 Two young men and two young women in a car watch street light poles explode in sparks in the distance and we see a swirling cloud approaching them; one young man gets out of the car to take pictures and we hear screaming and see the occupants being slammed around before the screen goes black (we hear that the four people were killed by a tornado).
 Two men stand outside as many swirling tornado clouds touch down near them; we see cars being picked up and thrown and we see one of the men being picked up and swirled into the cloud (we assume both men are picked up but we do not see the second).
 Clouds swirl alongside a road and a van is pushed around before being toppled on its side (no one inside is injured), and the passengers are helped out and they run across the road to a building for shelter as a gas spill is set on fire outside. School busses filled with people speed along a road and away from a school building as it is shattered by a huge swirling cloud; powers line fall across the roadway and the busses and cars swerve to avoid them (no one appears injured).
 Several people climb down through a manhole to a storm shelter as a huge swirling tornado cloud spins outside, the cover is blown off and the winds blow through pushing several of the people around, a semi-truck is slammed into one side of the shelter and another vehicle is attached to the other side to try to keep the people safe inside after one man is sucked out of the opening; other people struggle to hold on and are sucked toward the openings before the cloud breaks up and we see a few of the people with bloody scratches, but otherwise OK.
 Clouds swirl alongside a street and a man in a car with his son is thrown around the street (they are not injured); they get out of the car and several people stand in the street watching as the cloud picks up a vehicle and throws it, then tears through a building as the people in the street run for cover and a thrown car crashes in front of a man; a woman is pulled toward the swirling cloud and a man grabs and holds her struggling not to let her go before the cloud dissipates and they both fall to the ground unharmed.
 Winds blow and rain falls during an outdoor graduations ceremony and people rush to get inside the building and to a storm shelter; we see the people inside as a huge tree is thrown through a window where a teen boy is filming (he is unharmed); we hear loud noises outside the school building, the roof is pulled off, winds blow through the hallways, people scream and people are pulled by the force of the winds (we do not see injuries but when the storm passes we see that the building has been badly damaged and vehicles outside have been thrown and overturned).
 A giant cloud spins in the sky and lifts many airplanes and trucks off the ground and spins them around. Clouds spin in the sky and touch down on the ground causing trees and property to be thrown and destroyed as several vehicles attempt to get close to the clouds; lightning strikes the ground in front of one vehicle and the hair of the passenger stands on end. An armored vehicle stops in the path of a tornado and it swirls toward it, then veers away.
 A teen boy and a teen girl are shown standing in an abandoned paper plant as a storm approaches and we hear winds blowing outside, the building crumbles and the two jump into an opening in the floor where we see them trapped later unable to move; the girl has a bloody leg wound that the boy wraps with a shirt, a pipe bursts and water floods down into the space where they are trapped and fills it as they struggle to get out before drowning and they are shown submerged before the girl is freed and the boy's leg is pinned by wreckage before being freed and pulled lifeless to land (a man performs CPR and revives the boy and he spits water and coughs).
 After a tornado blows through a town, we see a small bicycle that has impaled the side of a mini-van, as well as an injured dog whimpering on the side of the road and his human companion trapped in his car with a bloody head wound; three men get the man out of the car and he seems OK. Two men who were sucked into a tornado cloud are shown tattered and hanging from trees (they are covered with dirt, but do not appear injured) and one of them falls to the ground (we hear a thud). Huge hail stones fall from the sky and into a swimming pool as a few people run to get to a vehicle (no one is injured).
 A man rides a four-wheel vehicle toward a ramp that leads to a pool that has been set ablaze while other men drinking beer watch and film him; he jumps the ramp and crashes into the pool that breaks and the water floods out with the four wheeler and the man (no injuries are shown); a woman from inside the house runs out yelling at them and the men drive away in a pick up truck. Two men ride a four wheeler and crash over a hill (they appear unharmed).
 A man and his teenage son argue about how the father either is ignoring the boy or riding him about his room or his grades. A man talks about the eye of a tornado being "A sight that nobody but God has witnessed." An elderly man talks about humans probably blowing up the whole world in 25 years. A teen girl talks about hazardous materials in an abandoned paper plant and that "somebody has to save the planet." People talk about storms and refer to Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy. A teen boy talks about the last thing he said to his mother before she died in a car accident and that he was mad at her. A teenage girl and a teenage boy record farewell video to leave for their loved ones as water fills the place where they are trapped. We hear that a giant tornado cloud is blowing winds of 300 mph.
 Heavy duty claws attached to an armored vehicle slam into the ground to stabilize the vehicle during a tornado's high winds in a couple of scenes.


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LANGUAGE 4 - 3 sexual references, 22 scatological terms, 6 anatomical terms, 16 mild obscenities, name-calling (typical annoying brother, losers, idiots, crazy), 1 religious profanity (GD), 7 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Christ, A Sight That Nobody But God Has Witnessed).


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SUBSTANCE USE - Men drink beer while watching an amateur daredevil jump a four wheeler into a flaming swimming pool, two men hold beer bottles while watching a huge tornado approach them in a few scenes, and a young man talks about "sipping margaritas."


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Storm chasers, documentary film making, parent/child relationships, divorce, death of a parent, the future, life and death situations, freak storms, luck, data vs. instinct, amateur daredevils, working mothers, tragedy.

MESSAGE - Not everything should be about the payoff.

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