They don’t call Oklahoma “Tornado Alley” for nothing. The state gets hit with 52 of them every single year on average, making it the ideal spot for Lindsay Gossling’s directorial debut, 13 Minutes, a surprisingly starry thriller that captures the harrowing race to safety when Mother Nature decides to strike.
Trace Adkins, Thora Birch, Anne Heche, Amy Smart, Sofia Vassilieva, Paz Vega, Will Peltz, deaf actress Shaylee Mansfield, and Peter Facinelli star as residents of small-town Minninnewah. With one of the largest, most powerful tornadoes on record barrelling towards them, they only have 13 minutes to seek shelter.
I have to say, that even though this trailer is kinda cheesy-looking, especially Facinelli as the grim weatherman issuing his dire warning, it’s also pretty harrowing. Adkins has been padding his resume lately, and can be seen right now in two Western flicks, Apache Junction and Old Henry, moving further away from his country music career. I’m also a huge fan of Birch, Heche, Smart, and Vega. Plus Mansfield impressed with her role in Disney’s holiday comedy, Noelle.
13 Minutes opens in theaters on October 29th, followed by VOD and digital on November 19th.
The day starts out as usual for residents in the small Heartland town of Minninnewah. It’s springtime and big storms are just part of life. Nothing to get worked up about…until they are. Inhabitants will have just 13 Minutes to get to shelter before the largest tornado on record ravages the town, leaving the inhabitants searching for their loved ones and fighting for their lives. In the wake of total devastation, four families must overcome their differences and find strength in themselves and each other in order to survive.