Hard RainJanuary 16, 1998
Set during a massive flood started by a dam accident in a small town, Christian Slater is an armored truck guard who gets robbed by Morgan Freeman…
Release Year: 1998
Rating: 5.7/10 (17,158 voted)
Critic's Score: 36/100
Stars: Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater, Randy Quaid
Set during a massive flood started by a dam accident in a small town, Christian Slater is an armored truck guard who gets robbed by Morgan Freeman. Slater gets away with all the money and hides it. In a panic, Slater tells the sheriff about the area he hid the money in and the sheriff locks him up. Now Slater has to get to the money and keep himself alive battling the sheriff, Morgan Freeman and his crew and the elements.
Sheriff Mike Collins
Michael A. Goorjian
(as Michael Goorjian)
Prepare for hard rain.
Release Date: 16 January 1998
Filming Locations: Etobicoke, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $8,009,024
(19 January 1998)
(19 April 1998)
(Nordisk Film DVD version FI SE NO DE)
Did You Know?
Jim says he used to work "for the Johnstown Company" – likely a reference to Bruce Springsteen's song, "The River" which itself is quoted moments later by Ray. Johnstown, PA, is most famous for an 1889 flood, caused, like the flood in this film, by a dam failure.
When Karen is handcuffed to her staircase and Tom shoots through the cuffs, she places the chain of the cuffs on top of the banister. This is a physical impossibility because of the way she was cuffed there.
You took the money. Didn't you son?
Yeah I hid it in the cemetery.
Why you do that?
I don't like to carry around that much cash, ya know?
Something a little different from the norm – 74%
I remember seeing the trailer for this film some years ago and thinking
it looked pretty good. Thankfully, the BBC decided to show it last
night. Had it been something else, I might have ended up watching
"Terminator 2: Judgement Day" on Five. Again. Besides, "Hard Rain" was
largely met with disinterested shrugs upon release and that is a shame.
Just because it's unconventional doesn't mean it's a load of old
rubbish and you'd be a harsh critic indeed to describe this film as
"Hard Rain" stars Christian Slater as a goody-two-shoes employee of a
armoured truck firm who, together with his uncle, collect $3'000'000
from a bank in a town that's about to be flooded (phew!). Trouble
arrives in the shape of the typically brilliant Morgan Freeman who,
with his gang of cronies, are intent on collecting the money for
themselves. Throw in Minnie Drive as the damsel in distress and Randy
Quaid as the gun-toting' sheriff and what you have is the wettest
Western ever made.
Despite some dodgy CGI effects, the film is well worth watching.
Freeman is by far and away the best actor on screen, offering depth to
a character (if you'll forgive the pun) where most would take the role
at face-value, like Minnie Driver. Credit too must go to the rest of
the cast, who spend most of the film up to their waists in water which
must make the action sequences especially dangerous and thrilling to
watch. Leonardo de Caprio and Kate Winslet, take note. Speaking of the
action, it is both exciting to watch and original. Highlights for me
include a jet-ski ride through a high school, a shoot-out at a flooded
cemetery and Slater's escape from a prison cell as the water rises
around him. To break up the action, the bickering old couple still
trapped in the town offer some genuinely funny moments and the change
which comes over the characters during the film makes for a tense
finale. OK, so some of the town looks like a model when the water comes
crashing down the street and as I said earlier, some of the CGI could
be touched up a bit. The church roof, for example, clearly isn't on
fire as Slater et al speed away from it.
But the fact remains that this is a highly recommended picture. It
isn't the best action film you'll see but it is different enough to
warrant your attention and certainly one which you'll enjoy. If you can
forgive a little out-of-date CGI, occasional suspect editing and Minnie
Driver acting worse than a piece of driftwood then this film could be
the one to float your boat.