FloodAugust 24, 2007
Timely yet terrifying, The Flood predicts the unthinkable. When a raging storm coincides with high seas it unleashes a colossal tidal surge…
Release Year: 2007
Rating: 4.8/10 (3,392 voted)
Stars: Robert Carlyle, Jessalyn Gilsig, Tom Courtenay
Timely yet terrifying, The Flood 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 Rob, his ex-wife Sam and his father Leonard Morrison, 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.
Writers: Justin Bodle, Matthew Cope
Samantha 'Sam' Morrison
Deputy Prime Minister Campbell
Army Liaison Officer Richardson
Major General Ashcroft
Johnson – Transport Chief
It's coming straight for us.
Release Date: 24 August 2007
Filming Locations: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
(video) (2 parts)
Did You Know?
UK rock band Fightstar used clips from the film for their music video, Floods. The band had set the release date but had to change it because of the real floods hitting the UK.
Errors in geography:
The Deputy PM flies from Scotland to London in a small helicopter with a South African registration prefix (ZS) indicating that this sequence was filmed in South Africa (See 'Filming locations').
Not this much water!
Mildly entertaining but ultimately complete RUBBISH
A really wonderful cast and very talented technical crew wasted their
valuable career time, and our equally valuable leisure time, by
bothering to support this utterly predictable and plainly formulaic
piece of commercial junk. The movie is based upon a really good and
very topical idea but both the producers and the director simply
applied the standard Hollywood 'disaster movie' formula and thereby
ruined any potential value from the production.
An unusually high tide and very strong gale conditions combine to
produce a record high storm surge that overwhelms London and floods
most of the Thames Valley. The plot centers around a heroic scientist
(Tom Courtenay) who alerts the authorities of the danger and ultimately
saves the day, a glamorous female police chief who runs the entire show
and an embattled Deputy Prime Minister (David Suchet) who tries to look
But it's all so unreal that one feels like an extended tea break after
just 30 minutes. The young glamorous female Police Commissioner demands
complete authority over the army during a declared State of Emergency
and gets it (as if!). The experienced General is just pushed aside like
a complete moron who has to lick her boots because of her obviously
superior capacity. The trouble is that our female supremo, whilst now
responsible for millions of lives, spends most of her time worrying
over the fate of her two daughters who have taken a trip to South West
London and haven't telephoned to say they were alright. So our mighty
woman sets her staff to look for them and decides that the sole
priority for all the army and the rescue services must be South West
London and not any other quarter of the city. Of course the Minister,
the Army and the entire entourage accept her prioritization without
question. One can only assume they all had property there. When her
children are eventually found after endless reports and efforts by her
staff she is told by our male hero, 'Thank God they're safe, that's the
main thing'. Never mind about the millions of others or all the other
responsibilities she was supposed to control; as long as her own kids
were safe everything was alright.
This film is just another excuse to push the same old female chauvinist
sexist clap trap that women are the clever, mindful, caring and clearly
able leaders whilst men are good for nothing except physical bravery,
mindless strength and very specialist knowledge. And yet the one simple
instruction that she could have given the populace; namely to go to the
nearest tall building and calmly go up to the 4th floor or above and
await instructions when the waters recede was never given by this
female super hero – or indeed anyone else. The whole problem was so
simple to solve and yet millions of people apparently didn't think of
simply going upstairs! Pathetic rubbish.