Hard Rain

Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater, Randy Quaid

Directed by Mikael Salomon
Rolling Stone: star rating
5 0
Community: star rating
5 0 0
January 16, 1998

If you want to get scared by water, stick to James Cameron's Titanic. Disaster strikes literally and figuratively in this dramatically soggy epic about a small Indiana town flooded by heavy rains and an angry river. Director Mikael Salomon knows from the wet stuff. He was the cinematographer on Cameron's The Abyss, but he can't do much with a screenplay by Graham Yost that plays like a waterlogged Speed, which Yost also scripted.

Tom (Christian Slater) and his Uncle Charlie (Ed Asner) are armored-car drivers trying to deliver $3 million in bank money to a safe, dry place. That's when the looters move in with motor-boats and Jet Skis, leaving Tom to protect the money, fall in love with a handy babe (Minnie Driver), foil a greedy sheriff (Randy Quaid) and save the day. Since the great Morgan Freeman plays Jim, the head looter, you anticipate sparks. No go. Freeman is slumming, Slater is a standard-issue hero, and whatever Mark Twain thing Yost was toying with by naming them Jim and Tom does not get developed. Much has been made of the fact that Salomon created a flooded city to scale in a tank in Palmdale, Calif. The sad thing? The set looks like a tank. Expect the movie to tank, too, big time.

Movie Review Main Next


Community Guidelines »
loading comments

loading comments...


Sort by:
    Read More

    Movie Reviews

    More Reviews »
    Daily Newsletter

    Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

    Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
    marketing partners.


    We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

    Song Stories

    “Money For Nothing”

    Dire Straits | 1984

    Mark Knopfler wrote this song with Sting, and it wasn’t without controversy. The Dire Straits frontman's original lyric used the word “faggot” to describe a singer who got their “money for nothing and their chicks for free.” Even though the slur was edited out in many versions, the band, and Knopfler, still took plenty of criticism for the term. “I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London--he actually said it was below the belt,” Knopfler told Rolling Stone. Still, "Money For Nothing," undoubtedly augmented by its innovative early computer-animated video, stayed at Number One for three weeks.

    More Song Stories entries »