Carrie Underwood continues to impress with her latest music video for her (rather chilling) song “Blown Away,” which was directed by Randee St. Nicholas. The track is currently rising on the charts and serves as the second single from her gold-selling album of the same name.
The storyline of the video is this: Underwood portrays a young teenager ravaged by an abusive alcoholic father, prone to throwing furniture and slamming doors, and must then decided between life and death when a horrific tornado sweeps her home.
As the viewer, there are only glimpses of the abuse as the video opens with a mildly heated scene that quickly escalates and spirals out of control. Underwood, hair askew, attempts to do her History homework, but is soon abused by her only living parental figure.
“Hey, I’m your father young lady,” the scruffy man yells after her. A slapping door is her response. The video then takes an artistic turn as images of the impending and life-threatening tornado wields its way through the dust and dirt to their tiny red-roofed house. The lyrics of the song — detailing a mournful daughter seeking revenge on her father — play out throughout the remainder of the video, with haunting cracks of thunder and bolts of lightning.
As the story suggests, good proves victorious in the end as the storm dies down and soothing golden rays of sunshine explode into view. Underwood, who was forced to endure being locked in the cellar, emerges, and as free as a bird, she walks through the tall green reeds of the field — alongside her dog Penny, portraying her very own “Toto.” At times, it’s as if two worlds have been molded into one: that of a fearful youth begging for life and that of a young woman finding her footing in life. Underwood, for her part, plays the character of crippled victim turn hero quite convincingly. On the same token, her scene partner (the bearded father) matches the tone of the piece and is just a small component of an overall stellar showing.
Fans have been clamoring for the new video ever since the release of the official trailer back in June and will find the dramatic clip quite satisfying. Could it be a real contender for video of the year? Perhaps. More importantly, however, could it be the video of the decade?
Underwood, who rarely acts in her own music releases, has previously exercised her acting chops with guesting spots on the hit TV show How I Met Your Mother and in the feature film, Soul Surfer.
Watch the full-length clip by clicking the video the to left and be prepared to be blown away.
You’ll be able to find Underwood in person on tour starting in September. More info here.
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