The movie centers on a heist and man-made treachery amidst a natural disaster in a small Indiana town. Criminals, local sheriff, and many other people chase $3 million in cash when the city is taken by a flood.
It's big, dumb, noisy, and teeming with idiotic dialogue, yet the finished feature has a certain merry swagger about it that keeps everything motoring right along, and the hook of the film is immaculately presented.
Virtually nothing that takes place here is believable for a moment, beginning with the idea that all these people would expend all their energies trying to shoot one another when they are so imperiled to begin with.
July 17, 2009
Hard Rain may not be the most inventive of thriller plots, essentially boiling down to an extended chase with all concerned after the moneybags, but it's extremely impressive as a physical production.