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It may not be a disaster movie, per se, but this terminally silly thriller is certainly disastrous, and would be pointless without the novelty of its setting in a flooding Midwestern town during a torrential rainfall. Physically impressive but idiotic in every other respect, the movie pits an armored truck courier (Christian Slater) against a smart leader of thieves (Morgan Freeman) and a corruptible town sheriff (Randy Quaid) who are vying for possession of $3 million in cash. A waterlogged game of cat and mouse, the plot is so contrived that even the most impressive action sequences--such as a jet-ski chase through flooded high-school corridors--are robbed of their already tenuous credibility. Before long you'll be yawning as incompetent accomplices are systematically dispatched by their own stupidity, in the kind of movie where the use of power boats inevitably leads to at least one death by outboard motor. What's impressive here is the physical production itself--the effect of flooding was created by building a huge replica of downtown Huntington, Indiana, in a huge, watertight aircraft hangar in Palmdale, California! --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Morgan FreemanJim
Christian SlaterTom
Randy QuaidSheriff Mike Collins
Minnie DriverKaren
Edward AsnerUncle Charlie
Michael A. GoorjianKenny
Dann FlorekMr. Mehlor
Ricky HarrisRay
Mark RolstonWayne Bryce
Peter MurnikPhil
Wayne DuvallHank
Richard DysartHenry Sears
Betty WhiteDoreen Sears

  • Genre: Adventure Movies
  • Director: Mikael Salomon
  • Producer: Paramount
  • Length: 96
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 16, 1998
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 13, 2003
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