In the year 2008, a massive beast slogs through a flooded London, slaughtering all who stand in its way. But it’ll have to get past Harley Stone, a cop who lost his partner to the murderous creature and is out to stop its rampage once and for all.
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This never really turns into the overlooked B-Movie gem it keeps threatening to (and you keep hoping it does). The setting of a near-future, flooded London plagued by rats and a demonic serial killer is palpable stuff, and Rutger Hauer is as charismatic as ever portraying a chocolate-eating, coffee-addicted 'cop on the edge,' but the script spends too much time spinning its wheels to put off the climactic battle.
What begins a solid B-movie riff on the iconography of Blade Runner soon collapses into hysteria once the emphasis switches from futuristic serial killer procedural to all-out monster movie pursuit. The ensuing events, plot-holes, irritating side characters and laughable motif of European actors speaking hard-boiled "Americanized" dialogue seems at odds with the film's sombre atmosphere and grim, self-serious tone.