The disaster thriller Into the Storm churns into theatres this weekend, threatening to sweep audiences into the eye of a tornado.

Richard Armitage (The Hobbit's Thorin Oakenshield) stars as the vice-principal of a Midwestern school who must save the town and reunite his family during a wicked storm.

Into the Storm

Richard Armitage keeps his eyes on the skies in the found footage disaster movie Into the Storm. (Warner Bros.)

Directer Steven Quale applies Hollywood's found footage gimmick to capture the action, resulting in a Paranormal Activity meets Twister mashup.

But, unlike the film's computer generated debris, the movie never really takes off says CBC film critic Eli Glasner.

Watch Eli's full review in the attached video, including a Hollywood fact-check by CBC Meteorologist Jay Scotland.