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Set during a massive flood started by a dam accident in a small town, Tom (Christian Slater) is an armored truck guard who gets robbed by Jim ('Morgan Freeman'). Tom gets away with all the money and hides it. In a panic, he tells the sheriff about the area he hid the money in and the sheriff locks him up. Now Tom has to get to the money and keep himself alive battling the sheriff, Jim and his crew and the elements. Written by
At the time it was filmed, the movie had the largest painted scenic backdrop ever used in a film. See more »
Cars submerged in water do not float on the water surface as they did in the movie. If a car is driven (or falls) into water, it will stay on the surface only until the air trapped under the hood and the trunk / passenger department has been displaced with water. See more »
For twenty years, I've been eatin' shit; breakfast, lunch, and dinner. So now I'm changing the menu. From here on, everything I eat is gonna be shit-free.
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The Paramount mountain is seen in much worse weather than normal; the camera pans down from the logo to scenes of flooding. See more »
HARD RAIN features a great premise. Mixing the disaster and standard shoot 'em up genres are aptly deployed to create a decent thriller. Also, the concept of using mother nature as an adversary along with the standard villains is a riveting change of pace as well. This addition of mother nature as a formidable obstacle, manifested in the shape of a violent deluge, adds noteworthy suspense to a typical action flick. The thrill to the minute jet-ski chases are breathtaking, and the action in HARD RAIN moves at an adrenalin rush with nicely photographed moments of excitement. HARD RAIN is a satisfactory crafted movie with a good cast and some marvelously engaging action sequences.
HARD RAIN does not quite surface even with a promising concept. The most evincing frailty with HARD RAIN is that this film could have been a better movie. The basis for this movie is terrific, but the product of this film, even with all the apparently "right" ingredients concocted is not on the money. For one, the performances in HARD RAIN were unbelievable. Morgan Freeman lacked both a cunning and sinister personality as the antagonist. Christian Slater is alright as the protagonist for this water logged tale, but many of the decisions he makes seem far fetched. His failed wisecracks are also out of place! Randy Quaid's mood swings as the psychotic Sheriff were just as unpredictable as the film's abrupt turn of events. Minnie Driver had a memorable role as a tough, yet sweet-natured partner for Slater. To be fair, the performances were not dynamic, but passable. The special effects though, of course steal the show!
The theme about greediness and obsession for the $3 million dollars is an interesting subtext in HARD RAIN. By the climax of this movie, when everybody involved in the shoot-out becomes ravenous for the elusive money, the dilemma submerges into deep water. HARD RAIN just wanted to show that money fuels inhibitions and corrupts otherwise intrinsically good people into selfish, cruel savages. Even the heroes can in turn succumb to their dark desires...
As a whole, HARD RAIN had potential and should have done better. The special effects are incredible, yet some of the cliffhangers in this film appear to be both implausible and unconvincing. The characters in this film, though sympathetic, are improbable and sometimes inept in their proper roles.
HARD RAIN was not rubbish, but too many fallacies hurt an almost spectacular water show. A fun film to watch, perhaps. Briskly directed, definitely. Entertaining and visually unforgettable, yes. Enjoyable with magnificently stylized choreography, maybe. Worthwhile, innovative and prepossessing...no. Sorry, try again.
RATING: ** out of ****.
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