When an explosion blocks New York's Hudson Tunnel at both ends, ex Emergency Medical Services Chief Kit Latura is the only one with the know-how and experience to save the day.
Risking his life to join the survivors in the tunnel; he finds a feisty writer, an elderly couple, a famous action-man, a quarrelling family, some young hoodlums, a security guard and even a dog.
Can he put his own past tragedies behind him and bring this desperate group to safety?
At the time of this movies release, Stallone was at a strange point in his career. He was still making decent action movies, but his star was falling, and people were not turning up for his movies, just like this one.
Yes, Dredd wasn't the best movie, but Assassins and The Specialist were solid movie, just like he made in the eighties, but people wanted something different, and Stallone wouldn't have a bona-fide hit until ten years later, when it was cool to be retro.
But the film in a while is not a bad effort. The opening is brilliant, the pyrotechnics and the choreography of the disaster sets the film up to be an awesome ride, but as all disaster movies go, you really have to care about the characters in order to have a care about the movie, and to be honest, many of the characters trapped, are so boorish and pretentious, I couldn't care less.
And this is the films main problem.
Stallone is wonderful, and the set pieces are spectacular, but other than Brenneman, Harris, and the dog, I want bothered about anyone else.
And this is a shame, because if the makers had taken the time to consider the characters, as much as the spectacle, this would have been one of the best disaster movies ever.
But, it's just a really good Stallone movie...