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|Festivale online magazine, February, 1998
Hard Rain movie review
Just when you thought Hollywood must be out of water, we get Speed in Water. This is the true successor of Speed, written by the same scripter, Graham Yost.
"I've had a very frustrating night."
This film shouts its symbolism - flood and redemption. You don't have to hear director Mikael Salomon say, "It's about ... the choices people make. It's about redemption, when it comes down to it." The Mississippi River floods of 1993 started writer Graham Yost thinking about floodwater constantly rising, "what if this was going on throughout a whole movie? What if this water just kept rising and everything kept changing?"
This is not a classic disaster movie, the flood waters are a character in the movie the way that background and setting are characters in crime and mystery stories. They add to the pressure of the film, putting a time limit on the action, the good guys have to escape before they are drowned or shot, the bad guys have to find the hidden look and escape before the National Guard arrive to rescue the trapped armoured van.
Hard Rain has to be the wettest caper film ever. The malevolence of the robbers and the implacability of nature combine with the darkness, the rain, and the strangeness of increasingly submerged buildings make this average American town an alien landscape, lawless and undependable.
Definitely worth a look.
see also Credits and Terry's review
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