When's the best time to steal a bunch of money? When the whole world is preoccupied with a natural disaster. What you probably won't see is a thievery precision that wouldn't be out of place in an Ocean's movie. After all, who's got time to plan and be careful when a destructive storm is on its way?
One movie is trying to change all that. In the first trailer for The Hurricane Heist (aptly set to "Rock You Like A Hurricane" by the Scorpions), a group of criminals decide to rob a United States Mint facility with a giant Category 5 hurricane looming on the horizon. The thieves need a vault code from a Treasury agent (Lost's Maggie Grace), but she's not giving it up that easily. Her ally? A meteorologist (Kong: Skull Island's Toby Kebell) who is — and we kid you not — afraid of hurricanes.
When the winds and rain actually hit, the perps' plans to steal $600 million are literally blown away. It's something that sounds like the brainchild of Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, 2012) and Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's 11-13), but the director is actually the man who helped kick off the Fast and Furious franchise, Rob Cohen.
Of course, cinemas were pelted recently with a disaster movie that failed to bring the thunder — that would be Geostorm — but it remains to be seen if this one might distinguish itself by reveling in its totally ridiculous premise and not taking itself too seriously. Cohen, also director of xXx, can probably pull that off.
Hurricane Heist makes landfall in theaters on March 9.