Screen capture of movie trailer (Warner Bros. Pictures, via YouTube)

The 1996 box office hit “Twister” inspired a generation of storm chasers and tornado-obsessives.  “Into the Storm“, the first big budget tornado disaster flick since  (no, Sharknado doesn’t count), opens in theaters August 8 with the same target audience surely in mind.

Directed by Steven Quale (Final Destination 5) and starring Richard Armitage (The Hobbit), the movie’s Web site summarizes the plot:

In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot.

Here’s the preview of the meteorological motion picture event of the summer:

From a wind-flung tree impaling the entrance-way to a school, to a helicopter thrown down like a toy, and the appearance of the always super scary “firenados”, the trailer – just over 2 minutes – suggests the film will have no shortage of adrenaline-raising action.

“They’re three [tornadoes], they’re four… They’re everywhere!,” yells an actor.

A safe prediction: meteorological purists will despise this movie for its outrageous scenarios and lack of realism, but fans of over the top disaster drama and extreme special effects will love it.

Whether it has the allure of the Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton classic is up in the air – right there with the flying cows.

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‘Into the Storm’: Richard Armitage on Tornados & Acting to Disaster (