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Hard Rain
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by Ryan Arthur

"A movie with all that water where nobody drowns? What?"
2 stars

By-the-book action fare, but maybe you'll like it.

There are a few decent moments in Hard Rain, most of them involving Minnie Driver in a wet t-shirt.

That having been said, there's really nothing in this movie you haven't seen before. It's basically a caper film (robbery/heist), mixed in with the "man-versus-nature" element (the flood that threatens the town and its inhabitants) plus the morally ambiguous "good guy" (Randy Quaid, in this case). It's conventional with a few flashes of coolness.

Tom and Charlie (Christian Slater and Ed Asner) are transferring money from a bank in an Indiana town that's in danger of being wiped out by a flood. But a band of robbers, led by Jim (Morgan Freeman) wants to take that money. The bank truck gets stuck, the robbers show up and shoot Charlie (perhaps not intentionally), and Tom decides to fight back, hiding the money beneath the rapidly rising water, and hiding out. The locals are no help: the sheriff (Quaid) keeps eyeing that money for himself, but he's got idiots for deputies and quite get his hands on it. Then there's Karen (Driver, in a thankless role) who becomes a would-be love interest/hostage.

Like I said, you've seen it all before.

That's not to say it's done badly. The opening shots are pretty cool, and there's a chase sequence through a waterlogged high school on jet ski's that's actually pretty interesting. But you spend the rest of the movie wondering just when the plot will break out of formula mode (ironic, since it was written by Speed scribe Graham Yost), and you can't help but notice that the movie was filmed in a water tank. At least with Titanic you didn't notice that.

Slater does his Nicholson ripoff yet again, and Freeman seems to be on autopilot (anyone else catch the veiled reference: Tom and Jim on a river?). Director Mikael Saloman (cinematographer for The Abyss) does merely average work with what he's given.

Strictly by the numbers stuff. There's better action movies to veg out to.

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originally posted: 12/05/98 01:40:16
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User Comments

3/10/10 Richard Brandt Best review was Colin Quinn's: "Mr. Slater asked to be returned to his cell." 3 stars
1/17/09 Shaun Wallner This movie was stupid! 2 stars
11/16/06 Steve Newman Wasted copule of hours watching this crap 3 stars
5/31/06 tatum All over the place, but watchable 4 stars
9/01/05 ES Didn't care for it, see the trailers see the movie 2 stars
4/10/05 R.C.F. brainless & formulaic manhunt-movie with too many fake suspense-turns, sucks all the way 1 stars
3/14/05 Jeff Anderson Yes it was bad, but I'll say this. The jet ski chase in the drowned school was AWESOME! 1 stars
8/11/03 The Savage Who the Hell's idea was it to make this monstrosity? I'm sure glad It wasn't me. 1 stars
3/22/03 Jack Sommersby Bottom-feeder crapola. Pointless and imaginatively bankrupt. Freeman should be ashamed. 1 stars
8/25/02 movie guy great 5 stars
1/10/02 Chudge Slater is a lame ass actor and truly one dumb mother fucker...shit for brains 1 stars
11/30/01 Cookie Cutter Not that bad. Not that good, either. 3 stars
5/22/01 Monster W. Kung Slater is usual crap. Overall this movie is below average, but there's much worse shit. 2 stars
4/24/01 *~Danielle*Ophelia~* (formerly KyLe*BrOfLoVsKi) SMACK THIS BITCH UP!!!! 1 stars
7/08/00 Terrie Smith Took a week to dry off after watching this one; definitely not a film for a rainy afternoon 3 stars
1/28/00 Daniel Mindblowing 5 stars
6/08/99 lucas jackson I can not believe I payed money to see this shit, it is more exciting to go to school 2 stars
2/20/99 Melissa Watch it to hear Minnie's American accent, not too shabby. Can't say the same for the film 2 stars
11/06/98 David Torpey Formula movie that doesn't quite make it. 2 stars
10/18/98 Kwyjibo Is Slater's agent really this bad? Is FREEMAN'S??!?!!? Oh yeah. Deep Impact. 1 stars
9/16/98 Lonatic This was a FUN flick with great special fx! 4 stars
9/14/98 Chip Taylor I had a Hard Boner from watching Minne Driver. 3 stars
8/24/98 The Capital City Goofball Enough with disaster films! A chase in a flood? WTF? 1 stars
8/23/98 Mister Whoopee Oh, christian. Oh, Morgan. 3 stars
8/15/98 {{{OZ}}} How the mighty have fallen. And can't get up. 2 stars
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  16-Jan-1998 (R)
  DVD: 13-May-2003



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