A powerhouse cast churns up the action in this thrill-drenched story of an armored car driver battling armed crooks and the rampaging waters of a killer flood. Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 04/11/2006 Starr... more »ing: Morgan Freeman Randy Quaid Run time: 96 minutes Rating: R Director: Mikael Salomon« less
Michel D. (michelann) from WALNUT GROVE, MO Reviewed on 4/18/2018...
Lots of action right from the beginning with great acting and writing!
Tom C. (tc) from WALTHAM, MA Reviewed on 7/3/2011...
I really enjoyed this movie. Is it the best movie every made ... of course not. Is the plot crazy and rather transparent ... of course it is. Is it a great movie to watch when you just want to chill out and enjoy some good action ... heck yeah.
Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater and Minnie Driver do a groovy job with roles that could have easily been throw-aways for a quick pay check. And it's nice to see Randy Quaid before his, umm, "issues" got the better of him.
In the end, this movie delivers exactly what it promises. A good, soggy, action flick.
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Terribly under-rated action movie that never fails to excite
Inspector Gadget | On the trail of Doctor Claw | 03/06/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie worked best in the cinema. It's too bad it flopped because the big screen is where it deserved to be seen. Too many folks have seen and critisized this film from TV viewings that do the scope of the action no justice whatsoever.
The action scenes are incredible and this movie is very well made. The bouncing, shaking, wobbling camera was an innovative idea and if you like the slow-motion fire-fights of John Woo movies but hate the gun pornography of trash like Bad Boys II then you'll get a kick out of Hard Rain.
And the music was just totally awesome too. Chris Young's score is the orchestral sound of violence, mayhem and nature taking over. Seriously, it's great stuff and you really ought to get the score CD.
Christian Slater also makes for a better action hero in this than he did in Broken Arrow. Randy Quaid and Morgan Freeman were very good too but I don't think Minnie Driver did a convincing American accent.
Don't be to hard on this film. It isn't supposed to be Citizen Kane. It's a pure action film with the minimal of plot to get in the way.
It was originally called The Flood and had numerous other characters in it and had many daylight scenes. But because of an abundance of disaster movies at the time it was reshot as an action movie that was set totally at night. And practically in real time too.
Sadly the Region 1 DVD is in Dolby 5.1 and is letterboxed at 2.30:1. It's not the best DVD of the film. If you have a multi-regional player then I suggest that you get the Korean Region 3 box set with a beautiful anamorphic transfer, DTS 5.1 and the script book included."
SOGGY BUT FUN
Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 07/28/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"HARD RAIN is enough to make you never want to see it rain again. Filmed entirely during the horrific storm and with the threatening collapse of the local dam, this movie requires some squinting of the eyes just to tell who's who. Director Mikael Solomon keeps things moving, and if the whole plot wasn't so darn preposterous and absurd, this could have been a classic. There are some great chase scenes, double crosses, etc., etc. It's just not very believable. Christian Slater's laconic performance is reminiscent of a young Jack Nicholson, but he seems awkward and clumsy as an action hero (ditto BROKEN ARROW), but he's pleasant. Morgan Freeman reprises his bad guy role from CHAIN REACTION and the future NURSE BETTY with his usual grace and precision. Morgan's probably never given a bad performance. Randy Quaid is grim and vile as the sheriff gone bad, and Betty White/Richard Dysart provide some fun comic relief as an elderly couple who refuse to leave town. (Wonder what happens to them though---last we see them they're stuck in a tree?). HARD RAIN may have benefitted from a more believable lead, say Bruce Willis, but it's entertaining and delivers, in spite of its silliness."
Twisted plot, but still a good movie
retrowens | Alabama, USA | 05/15/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Hard Rain might have a twisted plot, pitting an armored truck guard against some robbers who are trying to steal 3 million dollars, but that doesn't really make it a bad movie. All the while, they're surrounded by a massive flood as their main obstacle. Hard Rain has some of the best actors such as Morgan Freeman and Randy Quaid playing the leading roles and they all do great jobs. Hard Rain also has some good action sequences and a lot of suspense throughout the film. It's like a wet and wild goosechase with everybody trying to catch Christian Slater in order to get the money. The special effects with all the water and rain couldn't have been done much better. Hard Rain is just another usual action movie until Morgan Freeman joins Christian Slater and they both team up and try to survive against the other robbers. That's when this movie gets a lot better with all the suspense and action. If you like good action movies with some suspense added in, you will probably like Hard Rain. The only drawback is the twisted plot, sometimes you might wonder what the movie is really about. But watch it and you'll figure it out without a problem."
Fun action flick
Dan Brady | Minneapolis, MN United States | 05/20/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Yup - the plot does stretch your ability to suspend disbelief, but it stops short of actually asking you to hang it by the neck until it's dead - the story is unlikely, but there are no obvious plot holes to disrupt the fun.
Morgan Freeman dishes up his usual excellence in this role - a crook looking for a retirement fund, with a typical crew to help - a screwup 20s rowdy, an unemployed high school science teacher, and a scripture-quoting pro.
Christian Slater is, well, Christian Slater - I've been a fan for years, and this is yet another appearance of the wisecracking, intrepid guy that Mr. Slater plays so often. It'd get repititious if it weren't so much fun. He's at the end of a "clean out the banks before they're flooded" run, with $3 million in the truck when it's stuck in a deep spot in the ever-present water.
Minnie Driver does a fine, if understated, job as the woman who stayed in town too long, preparing a church she's been restoring to weather the flood, who gets involved in the scramble for the cash. While she's on the side of the good guys, there's no real steam between her and Slater.
Randy Quaid is the Sheriff who recently lost his re-election, and is bitter and angry, but determined to do a good job as long as he's on the clock - until the temptation of that money proves to be too much for him.
For a film set almost entirely in a nighttime rain, the camerawork is amazingly good. The effects work nicely, the flood gives us an element that's unusual in action films, and the cast works well together, even when the script gets a tad overblown.
The widescreen DVD has a few basic features, but is pretty scant in extras - no deleted scenes, no trailers for other movies, nothing you'd not have seen in the theatre but the trailer for this film - which was a disappointment, but not fatal.
All in all, a fun 96 minutes of video, if you're not in the mood for something deep and meaningful."
Quite Entertaining Nonsense
snalen | UK | 02/09/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"It's set, entirely at night, in the small Indiana town of Huntingburg which is being evacuated as a serious flood develops. But there are a few folk still around: Christian Slater and Edward Asner, the drivers of an armoured truck with $3M in the back; Morgan Freeman, the leader of a small gang of thieves with their sights set on the same 3M, Randy Quaid, a sheriff with some unappealing character traits; Minnie Driver, a churchwarden who has lingered rashly to protect her beloved stained glass windows; Richard Dysart and Betty White, an elderly couple stubbornly refusing to leave for fear of looters, thrown in for comic relief. Slater escapes from Freeman and his pals with the money which he hides in a cemetery. They pursue him on jet skis... Everyone gets very wet. Explosions. Gunfights. Hair's breadth escapes by lead characters trapped in rising floodwater. General mayhem. Credulity strained to breaking point. Significantly above average American action movie. More original than most. Quite good fun. Nothing special. But worth a look if you like this sort of thing."