Hard Rain (1998)

HARD RAIN is all wet.  The gazillion-gallon production design is 
something to see, I suppose, until your eyes get tired of trying to 
see through the murk.  (Most of the action takes place outdoors, at 
night, and in the rain.)  The extending opening shot, which incor-
porates the Paramount logo, is pretty cool, too.  (The camera pulls 
back from the mountain and tracks over a dam, across a flood plain, 
and into a small town.)  The rest is just another silly action pic, 
albeit one scripted by SPEED scribe Graham Yost.  My favorite bon-
ers:  Christian Slater trying to outrun (outwade?) boaters instead 
of (gasp!) hiding underwater; ready-to-explode propane tanks (made 
by ACME?) that appear out of nowhere; and a bad guy felled by an 
airborne outboard motor, of all things.  With Morgan Freeman, Min-
nie Driver, and, for no apparent reason other than maybe first-time 
helmer Mikael Salomon is a Mary Tyler Moore fan, Ed Asner and Betty 
White.  So where's Gavin MacLeod?  (Rated "R"/97 min.)

Grade: D

Copyright 1998 Michael J. Legeros
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Originally posted to triangle.movies in MOVIE HELL: January 18, 1998

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