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Flood (2007)

TV-14 | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 24 August 2007 (UK)
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When a raging storm coincides with high seas it unleashes a colossal tidal surge, which travels mercilessly down England's East Coast and into the Thames Estuary. It is not a question of if, but when London floods.

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Tony Mitchell
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Carlyle ... Rob Morrison
Jessalyn Gilsig ... Samantha 'Sam' Morrison
Tom Courtenay ... Prof. Leonard Morrison
Joanne Whalley ... Patricia Nash
David Suchet ... Deputy Prime Minister Campbell
Nigel Planer ... Keith Hopkins
Ralph Brown ... Neil Stafford
Gottfried John ... Arthur Moyes
Tom Hardy ... Zak
Pip Torrens ... Army Liaison Officer Richardson
Susan Wooldridge ... Penny
David Hayman ... Major General Ashcroft
Martin Ball Martin Ball ... Wyatt
Poppy Miller ... Nikki Fuller
Peter Wight ... Johnson - Transport Chief
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Timely, yet terrifying, this movie predicts the unthinkable. When a raging storm coincides with high seas it unleashes a colossal tidal surge, which travels mercilessly down England's East Coast and into the Thames Estuary. Overwhelming the Barrier, torrents of water pour into the city. The lives of millions of Londoners are at stake. Top marine engineers and barrier experts Robert Morrison (Robert Carlyle), his ex-wife Samantha "Sam" Morrison (Jessalyn Gilsig), and his father Professor Leonard Morrison (Sir Tom Courtenay), have only a few hours to save the city from total devastation. A real probability in a real location. It is not a question of if, but when London floods. Written by Jonathan Rutter / Matthew Sanders

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It's coming straight for us.

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Trivia

London has a lot of hills: Parliament Hill, Muswell Hill, Forest Hill, Denmark Hill, Primrose Hill, Shooters Hill, Brixton Hill, Cornhill, Herne Hill, and Tower Hill all within a few miles of the Thames, with heights ranging from one hundred feet and four hundred fifty feet above sea level. See more »

Goofs

When Rob and Sam are huddled under the tarp on the boat, his hand switches from being on Sam's elbow to her shoulder (when switching from the far shot to the close-up). One could argue that he moved it, except the switch in perspective happens in the middle of one of his lines of dialogue, leaving no time to do so. See more »

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[first lines]
Keith Hopkins: Malcolm, have you got the latest tidal readings from Wick?
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Alternate Versions

There are at least two vastly different versions: original ITV two-part mini-series running for more than three hours, and 106-minute DVD version. See more »

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Would Have Worked Better If...
6 May 2008 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

...It had featured London being devastated by Americans firebombing London to stop an outbreak of a virus that turns victims in to projectile vomiting psychopaths but that idea had already been tried earlier in 28 WEEKS LATER . Still you can't help but be reminded of that movie since there's umpteen overhead shots of a dying London complete with Robert Carlyle as a protagonist . No matter what you thought of 28WL I'm sure you'd agree it is a highly entertaining film despite the flaws . Unfortunately FLOOD fails as both entertainment and environmental warning

The premise alone is utterly unconvincing . There's a big gale over the Atlantic Ocean which causes the flood barriers in London to be overwhelmed leading to a watery grave for hundreds of thousands of people . Hmmm I've no idea why a gale hundreds of miles away off the north west of Britain endangers a city situated in the south east corner of Britain but I do know why all those people died - because they deserved to . They were entirely brainless and deserved all they got . You don't have to think about this plot point because it's rammed down your throat with every wide shot of London . The city has several feet of water running through the streets but no one ever thinks of seeking shelter in those high office buildings that stretch hundreds of feet in to the air . Anyone who didn't think of breaking a window ( That's even if the building was closed at the time ) and running up a few flights of steps deserved everything they got in my opinion

As for the " characters " themselves please read cyphers . I'm surprised they actually had names because if they'd been called self sacrificing hero , powerful woman who doesn't want anyone to see her cry , etc then that would be all you'd need to know about them . David Suchet does manage to project some of his charisma on screen while sadly Robert Carlyle fails to make an impact . He's not helped by having to do a fake London accent ala David Tennant . None of the rest of the cast are able to bring anything to their wafer thin cyphers

In short FLOOD is a major disappointment and the verdict from the votes and comments on this site are universal . It might have worked as a 110 minute straight to DVD movie but with a run time of almost four hours padded out with clichés , poor plotting , sheer internal stupidity and a totally wasted cast this is one disaster miniseries that should have been drowned at birth


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Release Date:

24 August 2007 (UK) See more »

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$8,272,729
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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