– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The past decade hasn’t been too kind to director Rob Cohen. The director, who is perhaps best known for directing Vin Diesel in the “Fast and the Furious” and “xXx” in the early 2000s hasn’t done much for me to be excited about in recent years. In 2005, he directed “Stealth,” the forgettable plane movie starring Jamie Foxx. In 2008, he directed the third “Mummy” flick, which effectively ended the franchise. In 2012, he directed the terrible “Alex Cross” movie, and most recently, he helmed the Jennifer Lopez vehicle “Boy Next Door,” which wasn’t any better received by viewers or critics.

It’s now been revealed that Cohen will be going back to the crazy silly action genre with “Category 5,” a film that “follows a team of tech hackers who infiltrate a U.S. Mint facility on a small coastal town to steal $102M 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.”

The premise itself seems pretty ridiculous, but it also looks like there’s a heck of a lot of fun to be had here. There’s nothing like a film that’s not afraid to put its leads through the wringer, and with a premise not just revolving around the conflict brought about by a storm, but by a band of thieves, our leads are destined to have to push through a lot of bad times.

Rob Cohen had the following to say about the film:

“Crossing a heist movie set amidst the intense action of a natural disaster was an idea to which I truly responded. It’s a chance for me to get back to my roots in doing the adrenaline-pumped action/special effects films I love to create.”

The studio behind this movie is Foresight Unlimited, and Mark Damon, one of the representatives from the studio said the following:

“Rob Cohen is an incredibly smart and inventive action director and we are delighted to be part of “Category 5”. Windhauser’s script details an extraordinary race against the elements, which we are confident, with Cohen’s vision, will be a breathtaking adventure for audiences worldwide.”

While I haven’t personally been a fan of his recent movies, given his track record, I can see Cohen bringing a lot to the table for this one.

What do you think of the sound of “Category 5”? Let us know your thoughts below!

SOURCE: Foresight Unlimited

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.