|HARD RAIN (director: Michael Salomon; screenwriter: Graham Yost; cinematographer: Peter Menzies Jr.; editor: Paul Hirsch; music: Christopher Young; cast: Morgan Freeman (Jim), Christian Slater (Tom), Randy Quaid (Sheriff), Minnie Driver (Karen), Ed Asner (Uncle Charlie), Michael Goorjian (Kenny), Richard Dysart (Henry), Betty White (Doreen), Roy Baker (Mayor), Wayne Duvall (Hank), Dann Florek (Mr. Mehler), Ricky Harris (Ray), PeterMurnik (Phil), Mark Rolston (Wayne); Runtime: 98; MPAA Rating: R; producerss: Mark Gordon, Gary Levinsohn and Ian Bryce; Paramount Home Video; 1998)|
|"It impresses because of the way it
makes the flood look so vital to the narrative."
by Dennis Schwartz
a disaster movie that switched to a suspense thriller.
It impresses because of the way it makes the flood
look so vital to the narrative. Michael Salomon ("Big
Driver"/"The Lost Future"/"Freezer") directs with an
eye for nature bringing out the worst in mankind. It's
preposterously written by Graham Yost, as no matter
how you look at it everything is hard to fathom.
Though it satisfies by moving along at a fast-past, by
the excitement of its extended water chase and its odd
look of a flooded town under siege.
rains hard for a few weeks straight in the evacuated
small town of Huntingburg, Indiana. Christian
Slater and his uncle partner (Ed Asner) are truck
driver armored guards hauling $3m in the back. They
are robbed by Morgan Freeman's gang. A retarded gang
member (Michael Goorjian) doesn't know
the robbery was set-up by Asner and he shoots him
dead. Slater flees and hides the bags of money in the
underwater cemetery, while the gang searches by boat
for Slater and the money.
hiding out in a local church, Slater is mistaken by
the church art restorer (Minnie Driver) as a looter
and whisked off to jail. When the sheriff (Randy
Quaid) hears about the robbery, he decides to take the
money and with the help of his deputies shoot the bad
guys and kill the witnesses Driver and Slater.
water may rise to deep levels, but the characters
REVIEWED ON 4/11/2016 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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