|Directed by||Tony Mitchell|
|Produced by||Justin Bodle|
|Editing by||Simon Webb|
|Release date(s)||August 24, 2007|
|Running time||110m / 188m (television)|
The film depicts a devastating flood which strikes London when the Thames Barrier is overwhelmed by a huge surge of water. A storm surge travels between the United Kingdom and mainland Europe, raising sea levels and coinciding with the spring tide, later heading for London. Several parts of Scotland are devestated, including Wick. The Met Office's head, Keith Hopkins, believes the storm will at first head towards Holland but realises his mistake when Professor Leonard Morrison reveals the approaching surge of water which will break through the Thames Barrier and flood central London. Leonard had focused his life around the belief that the barrier was built in the wrong area, and turned his now apologetic son Rob into a bitter man. Deputy Prime Minister Campbell declares a state of emergency and begins to evacuate civilians from London before the water hits. He is assisted by Police Commissioner Patricia Nash, Major General Ashcroft, a guilty Hopkins, and others.
The surge of water manages break through the barrier. Rob and his wife Sam jump into the Thames to get a better chance of escaping the water, while Leonard is saved by the military and taken to White Hall where the authority figures are and asked for his assistance in finding a way to remove the water as it floods London. Rob and Sam end up in the London Underground with other survivors, and are led to a way to high ground by two underground workers, Bill and Frank, but a fast-moving current of water kills Frank. The group find themselves in the flooded Trafalgar Square, Rob and Sam contacting Leonard who arranges for them to meet him at the barrier, which they can use to send the water back out of London. Hopkins, feeling even more guilty when corpses are shown on a news report, quietly disappears and is later reported by Ashcroft to have drowned.
Rob, Sam and Leonard are reunited but they discover the controls to the barrier are now underwater, Leonard volunteering to activate them. Another approaching surge of water and the already present water have to collide at the exact time to make the present water to leave and save London. The British Prime Minister, who is in Australia at the time of the disaster, grows impatient and orders a military air strike on the barrier in an attempt to stop the water. The Morrisons manage to succeed in their plan, Ashcroft calling off the air strike. Leonard sadly runs out of air whilst underwater and drowns, much to Rob's sadness, but saved London as a result.
- Rob Morrison - Robert Carlyle
- Sam Morrison - Jessalyn Gilsig
- Leonard Morrison - Tom Courtenay
- Commissioner Patricia Nash - Joanne Whalley
- Deputy Prime Minister Campbell - David Suchet
- Wyatt - Martin Ball
- Keith Hopkins - Nigel Planer
- General Ashcroft - David Hayman
The film was shot on location in London and South Africa. It is notable for the use of intricate production design and special effects in depicting famous London landmarks such as the London Underground, Houses of Parliament and The O2 being partially submerged under water.
Twenty-six studio sets were constructed with built-in water effects to shoot the actors in a wide range of flood sequences. Miniature sets in water tanks were used to shoot larger flooded buildings such as the Thames Barrier, London Underground and car parks. Computer generated visual effects were used to create shots of flooded London by combining shots of London with digitally created water. Locations in Cape Town were used for Whitehall, the Scottish coastline, London Underground and the Thames Barrier.
A 110 minute version of the film was given a limited theatrical release in the UK, premiering on 24 August 2007, and was released on DVD in October 2007. The extended two-part television mini-series version was screened on ITV1 on 4 and 5 May 2008. It also played as a mini-series in New Zealand, Canada and Finland.
- ↑ "Disaster movie flood wipes out London". Metro. 2007-07-27. http://www.metro.co.uk/metrolife/article.html?in_article_id=58970&in_page_id=9. Retrieved 2007-10-07.
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