Number of Times Seen – Between 3-5 times (Theater in ’96, cable and 22 Nov 2017)
Brief Synopsis – A city employee tries to help save people trapped in a NYC tunnel following an explosion that closes both ends.
My Take on it – The decade of the 90’s brought us many attempts to revitalize the genre of disaster films.
Unfortunately, most ifcthose attempts wrre far inferior to yhe ones if the 70’s.
This film was a so-so attempt to create a modern disaster film where the characters are trapped in a tunnel under the Hudson River.
It starts off well by giving us a quick glimpse into the lives of many of the key characters which helps us care a bit more about them but unfortunately doesn’t manage to keep things interesting for long enough.
Sylvester Stallone was ok here but he might not have been the best choice for such a role because his character just lacks a string enough presence to hold things up.
Despite a weak plot, this film does get points for having some great and thrilling action scenes.
It somehow even managed to garner an Oscar nomination for best sound effects editing to go with its two Razzie nominations – One for Stallone as worst actor and one for worst original song.
Bottom Line – A so-so attempt at a modern disaster movie. Liked the way that we get to see a few tidbits of the characters lives beforehand because it adds a bit to their personalities. Stallone is also just ok here but doesnt have a strong enough presence in this role. A few cool destruction scenes but overall pretty bland.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – One reason Sylvester Stallone agreed to act in this movie was to help him overcome his fear of confined spaces. He’d agreed to appear in Cliffhanger (1993) to help him overcome his fear of heights. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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