The most surprising thing about heist-thriller-meets-disaster-movie Category 5 is that it’s not the latest Syfy production. It’s being made for actual theatrical release by director Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious). No casting has been announced yet, but Coming Soon offers up this amazing plot description:
With production slated for Spring/Summer 2016, Category 5 follows a team of tech hackers who infiltrate a U.S. Mint facility on a small coastal town to steal $102 million in cash, just as a disastrous Category 5 hurricane, the storm of the century, is about to strike and level it to the ground. The only other two people left in the town, a meteorologist and a female treasury agent, must survive the horrific storm while stopping the thieves from getting away with the heist of the century.
That is a wonderfully ridiculous premise (a female treasury agent? What fantasy is this?), and this movie could actually rule the universe if it dares to take it over the top. Fingers crossed that the robbers will only refer to each other by their “tech hacker” screen names, that there’s a climactic scene in which that $102 million in cash gets sucked into a giant tornado, and that Cohen’s old buddy Vin Diesel will somehow be involved. Perhaps playing the hurricane?
This image taken Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, from the International Space Station shows Hurricane Patricia. The Category 5 storm, the strongest recorded in the Western Hemisphere, barreled toward southwestern Mexico Friday. (Scott Kelly/NASA via AP)