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Movie propaganda

No air. No escape. No time.

When an explosion seals off a commuter tunnel, the survivors are faced with toxic fumes, fires and the impending collapse of the tunnel. Their only hope lies in the hands of Kit Latura (Sylvester Stallone), a former emergency medical services chief who is haunted by a tragic past. As the walls cave in and the tunnel fills up with water, Latura risks his own life to save others and prevent the disaster from escalating into an even greater catastrophe.

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Standard action thriller script #27 with surprise twists #14b, #91 and #107. But it stars Sly so nobody's going to watch it for its artistic merit, revealing characterisation or dramatic exposition, are they?

So you've seen it all before and the more of these quotes from American sources I read, the more I think they are written/spoken just to get the reviewer's name mentioned. Those who can: act. Those who can't: teach. Those who can't but think they can: write reviews. It's a cynical old world isn't it?

The special effects are pretty good, especially the first explosion, but they aren't quite enough to carry the dead-weight of so many clichés: hero with a past, ordinary people finding their true selves, the dog lives, the African-American dies, smart-ass kid with a handycam and an attitude loses both. But if it's a grotty Sunday afternoon after the Saturday night before, then this will pass a couple of hours.

If you don't want to know what the surprise twists are, then stop reading.

#14: The hero leaves the wounded man to die because there is nothing that can be done to save him.

#14b The special B-twist: the wounded man doesn't get to go out in a blaze of glory taking a whole squadron of enemy troopers with him, he just lies on a plank, with a broken neck and drowns when the water reaches a certain level. Sucked in.

#91; The victims learn to work together despite their differences but it comes to no avail when circumstances force them to abandon the hero and the chick.

#107: The guy doing more than just his job dies, leaving his girlfriend who has been helping to co-ordinate the rescue effort with a broken heart. (Actually her realisation that he is dead is the only dramatic and emotional scene in the movie.)

Well, that's enough of that: time to go and get a life.

Security censorship classification

M (Low level violence)

Surveillance time

115 minutes (1:55 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: Undated August 1998

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