Trouble strikes when runaway robbers in a getaway car hit truck full of explosives in the tunnel connecting Manhattan and New Jersey. Survivors are left in a weakened tunnel blocked at both exits. As Kit Latura approaches the tunnel, he sees the impact and knows he gotta take action. With time running out, he enters the tunnel through a system of maintenance walkways. Can he get the survivors out before the tunnel fills up?Written by
Spectacular special effects, pathetic acting and story
When it came to watching this movie I was another victim of opportunity. It was raining out and it just came by on the dish. I enjoy apocalyptic and engineering disaster movies but this one, save for the set and the great effects, was incredibly bad.
We start with villains who, for reasons I must have missed in the first 10 minutes, are driving crazily into the Holland tunnel and crash into a truck carrying lots of brightly-colored drums of hazmat. That is to say nothing of the fact that hazmat, especially on an open flatbed truck, would never have been allowed in the tunnel to begin with. The explosion, fire, collapse, and total carnage that follows has to be seen to be enjoyed, if not believed. Apparently this flatbed truck of flammables is able to create an explosion that not only runs to both lengths of the tunnel (and collapses the entrances and not the middle of the tunnel) it also destroys the main ventilator building, the service tunnel, and most of the other tube (how did that happen?) The sheer volume of fire and destruction is mightily fun to watch, but it's completely unbelievable and impossible. Even though the tunnel is filled with heavy traffic, somehow most of the vehicles aren't in the section of the tunnel most of the movie is set in. Even stranger, the crispy corpses are nowhere to be found in the vehicles you can see.
If you're a fan of computer-generated effects that will keep you guessing "how'd they do that?" you'll love this movie for that reason alone. For example, the explosions that occur above water while Stallone and the fair maiden are below water are very impressive. But, if you are the kind of viewer who questions even 1/10th of the questionable events in the movie, you will need to take your Valium. I am still trying to understand how the walls of the tunnel were continuously on fire and shot regular fireballs into the tunnel for no apparent reason. This movie is a strange cross between The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno, and Independence Day -- any of which you'd probably enjoy a lot more.
Of course no NYC disaster movie can be complete without characterizing the city engineers as buffoons who care more about traffic than human lives, but I guess this movie needed more of an antagonist than the situation had presented in order to improve the bizarrely thought-out plot.
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