Robert Carlyle plays marine engineer Rob, who’s also a contractor handling technical maintenance of the Thames Barrier, designed to protect the city of London from flooding.
Other Londoners are not as fortunate, as the flood indeed does overwhelm the Barrier and puts large areas of the city underwater. Apart from the setting there’s certainly nothing very original about this one, and as European disaster flicks are pretty thin on the ground, one might have hoped for something a bit more British and less Hollywood-formulaic in its approach. You may wish to check out the 180 min mini series version as shown on ITV, has way more characters and plots, and quite a few more effects shots of London deluged. Illegal experimentation accidentally rips open a previously unknown hidden magma reserve directly under Manhattan! IMDb Picks: April "Game of Thrones" Of course "Game of Thrones" is on our radar this month. 2016 MTV Movie Awards: Show and Backstage Photos Take a look at the stars cutting loose onstage and backstage at the MTV Movie Awards.
Flood wastes no time to get things moving, drowning a gloomy Scottish town even before the titles have hit the screen.


Rob and Sam escape from the Barrier and end up in the underground tunnels, where they meet other survivors and fight their way towards safety as the water rises. Still, the brisk pace and decent production values make it an acceptably entertaining contribution to the genre.
I thought this extended version outdid the feature film 107 min cut – more coherent and more plot issues resolved. All images are the properties of their respective copyright holders, and are used here in accordance with Fair Use.
Where many disaster movies spend the first half hour or more on heavy-handed exposition, Flood hits the ground running.
In Flood, London is the target, and as the title says, water is the means of its destruction. He vents his bitterness to Sam, ridiculing his father’s warnings about how a certain combination of factors may cause the Barrier to be overwhelmed by a massive flood.
Meanwhile, the deputy prime minister and the police commissioner (the lovely Joanne Whalley), along with the military, try to evacuate London and save as many lives as possible.


It must be said, however, that the movie peaks too early, drowning London about 40 minutes in and then losing some of its momentum. Then, just a few minutes later, Rob hears his father deliver the very same warning to the deputy prime minister (David Suchet), and instantly realizes his father was right all along. Effects-wise it’s somewhat uneven, with some sequences looking a bit dodgy while other shots are very nice indeed. As a storm over the Atlantic causes a massive surge of water that heads up the Thames towards London, these three have to overcome old conflicts in order to save London and its citizens.
After that, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise when Rob wants to get back together with Sam a bit later in the film.



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