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The Hurricane Heist is a 2018 American heist action film directed by Rob Cohen and written by Jeff Dixon and Scott Windhauser. The film stars Toby Kebbell, Maggie Grace, Ryan Kwanten, Melissa Bolona and Ralph Ineson, who follows a band of thieves who plan to use a Category 5 hurricane to cover their tracks of a bank robbery. The film was released on March 9, 2018.

The Hurricane Heist
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Rob Cohen
Produced by
  • Karen Elise Baldwin
  • Moshe Diamant
  • Christopher Milburn
  • Danny Roth
  • Michael Tadross Jr
  • Damiano Tucci
Written by
  • Jeff Dixon
  • Scott Windhauser
Story by
Music by Lorne Balfe
Cinematography Shelly Johnson
Edited by Niven Howie
Distributed by Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
Release date
  • March 9, 2018 (2018-03-09)
Running time
103 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $35 million[1]
Box office $12 million[2]



A team of tech hackers embark on a $600 million robbery from a coastal U.S. treasury facility at the same time a disastrous Category 5 hurricane is set to strike. The remaining people left in the deserted beach town are a meteorologist, a Treasury agent and the meteorologist’s ex-Marine brother. Together they not only must survive the hurricane, but also stop the mastermind thieves from accomplishing the heist of the century.


  • Toby Kebbell as Will Rutledge, the meteorologist
    • Leonardo Dickens and Luke Judy as Young Will Rutledge
  • Maggie Grace as Casey Corbyn, the Treasury agent
  • Ryan Kwanten as Breeze Rutledge, Will's older, ex-Marine brother
    • Patrick McAuley and Andre Robinson as Young Breeze Rutledge
  • Ralph Ineson as Connor Perkins, a corrupt Treasury employee
  • Melissa Bolona as Sasha Van Dietrich, a computer hacker and Frears' girlfriend
  • Ben Cross as Sheriff Dixon, a corrupt lawman
  • Jamie Andrew Cutler as Clement Rice, Xander's brother
  • Christian Contreras as Moreno, an employee of the Treasury
  • Jimmy Walker as Xander Rice, Clement’s brother
  • Ed Birch as Frears, another computer hacker and Sasha's boyfriend
  • Moyo Akande as Jaqi, Perkins' lover
  • James Barriscale as Deputy Michaels
  • Mark Basnight as Deputy Gabrielle
  • Keith D. Evans as Deputy Rothilsberg
  • Mark Rhino Smith as Deputy Baldwin
  • Brooke Johnston as Deputy Diamond


In January 2016, it was announced that Rob Cohen had signed on to write and direct the film, then titled Category 5, with casting underway and a Summer 2016 principal production start set.[3] In February 2016, it was announced that the film had been acquired for distribution in a large number of international locations via the European Film Market.[4] In May 2016, it was revealed that Toby Kebbell had been set to star in the film.[5] In June 2016, the rest of the cast was announced.[6]

Principal photography on the film began in Bulgaria on August 29, 2016.[7] In July 2017, the completed film, now titled The Hurricane Heist, was acquired for domestic distribution by Entertainment Studios with an early 2018 release date slated.[8]

In the UK, the film will be released by Altitude Film Distribution and will be the second Sky Cinema Original Film.


Box officeEdit

As of March 29, 2018, The Hurricane Heist has grossed $6.1 million in the United States and Canada, and $5.9 million in other territories, for a worldwide total $12 million against a production budget of $45 million.[2]

In the United States and Canada, The Hurricane Heist was released on March 9, 2018 alongside The Strangers: Prey at Night, Gringo and A Wrinkle in Time, and was initially projected to gross around $7 million from 2,402 theaters in its opening weekend.[9] However after making just $950,000 on its first day, weekend estimates were lowered to $3 million. It ended up grossing $3 million, finishing 9th.[10]

Critical responseEdit

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 45% based on 40 reviews, and an average rating of 4.8/10.[11] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 35 out of 100, based on 12 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[12] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B–" on an A+ to F scale.[10]

Alonso Duralde of TheWrap criticized the film's direction, acting and overbearing musical score, saying, "Critics often lament that worthy films released early in the year are too often forgotten during awards season, so let’s be very clear up front: For your Best of the Worst of 2018 consideration, in all categories, The Hurricane Heist."[13] Andrew Barker, writing for Variety, gave the film an ironic recommendation, calling it the best-worst movie of 2018 and saying: "All three of our heroes take time out in the middle of survival situations to discuss their undying love of football and the Second Amendment, but they also believe in climate change. If our divided country can’t come together over a movie this wonderfully terrible, what hope do we really have?"[14]


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  2. ^ a b "The Hurricane Heist (2018)". The Numbers. Nash Information Services. Retrieved April 11, 2018. 
  3. ^ Jaafar, Ali (January 20, 2016). "Rob Cohen To Direct 'Category 5' For Mark Damon's Foresight Unlimited". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved March 16, 2018. 
  4. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (February 13, 2016). "Rob Cohen's 'Category 5' Sees Storm Of Sales Action For Foresight – Berlin". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved March 16, 2018. 
  5. ^ Evry, Max (May 13, 2016). "Toby Kebbell Joins Rob Cohen's Heist Movie Category 5". CraveOnline Media. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  6. ^ Busch, Anita (June 22, 2016). "Rob Cohen's 'Category 5' Adds Maggie Grace, Others To Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved March 16, 2018. 
  7. ^ "PRODUCTION: American Action/Adventure Category 5 Starts Shooting in Bulgaria". Film New Europe. Film New Europe Association. September 5, 2016. Retrieved July 18, 2017. 
  8. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (July 17, 2017). "Rob Cohen Action-Thriller 'The Hurricane Heist' Acquired By Entertainment Studios". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved March 16, 2018. 
  9. ^ Rubin, Rebecca; McNary, Dave (March 6, 2018). "Box Office Preview: 'A Wrinkle in Time' Looks to Lure Kids as 'Black Panther' Stays Muscular". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved March 6, 2018. 
  10. ^ a b D'Alessandro, Anthony (March 10, 2018). "'Black Panther' Steps Ahead Of 'A Wrinkle In Time' As Diversity Dominates Weekend Box Office". Penske Business Media. Retrieved March 10, 2018. 
  11. ^ "The Hurricane Heist (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved April 16, 2018. 
  12. ^ "The Hurricane Heist Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 16, 2018. 
  13. ^ Durande, Alonso (March 9, 2018). "'The Hurricane Heist' Film Review: Caper Forecast Is Stupid With a Chance of Bonkers". TheWrap. Retrieved March 9, 2018. 
  14. ^ Barker, Andrew (March 9, 2018). "Film Review: 'The Hurricane Heist'". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved March 9, 2018. 

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