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Hard Rain (1998)

Following on from my Morgan Freeman post yesterday, I thought I’d do a post about one of my favourite films of his:

Hard Rain (1998)

This is a great action movie and one that I think is not only underrated, but also one that tends to get forgotten about.

If you haven’t seen it, it stars Christian Slater (True Romance), Morgan Freeman (The Bucket List), Minnie Driver (Grosse Pointe Blank) and Randy Quade (Independence Day), among others.

Here’s what it’s about:

Set during a heavy rain storm in a small town that’s been evacuated due to flooding, a gang of thieves (led by Morgan Freeman) attempt to rob an armoured truck containing three million dollars.

But when one of the armoured truck drivers (Slater) manages to escape with the money and hides it, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues where the would-be thieves will stop at nothing to get their hands on the loot.

I love this film! I’ve seen it loads of times and I enjoy it every time!

I think Christian Slater is great in this type of role and the supporting cast is good too. 👌

I really thought he’d go on to do more of these sort of movies after this but his career seemed to take a downward turn shortly after, which is a shame.

It could be something to do with the fact that the morning after the film’s L.A premier he had to report to jail to start a 90 day prison sentence for drug offences, assault and battery, followed by an anti-addiction program immediately after...😳

The original title for the film was actually “The Flood” but the film makers were worried that it made it sound like a disaster movie so they changed it to Hard Rain (I think it sounds better anyway).

Apparently Morgan Freeman wasn’t keen on the film either. He said years after it’s release: “Did any of you see this movie? Don’t, just don’t”.

To be fair, when you’ve been in movies like The Shawshank Redemption and Se7en, anything that comes after is going to have to be pretty damn good to compete.

Don’t let old Red put you off though. If you haven’t seen it, it’s definitely worth a watch! 👍

Here’s the trailer.👇

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