Episode dated 11 August 1999 (1999)
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Film kriminal di tengah bencana memang tak lagi baru, namun sub genre ini memang menarik untuk diikuti. Force of Nature adalah film aksi kriminal – bencana arahan Michael Polish. Film ini dibintangi nama-nama besar, sebut saja Mel Gibson, Emily Hirsch, Kate Bosworth, hingga aktor dan aktris latin, David Zayas dan Stephanie Cayo.

Alkisah di negara pulau kecil di Amerika selatan, Puerto Rico, badai level 5 menghantam tempat ini. Cardillo (Hirsch), polisi transfer asal New York mendapat tugas untuk mengevakuasi 2 orang tua di sebuah gedung. Bersama partner barunya, Jess, Cardillo menghadapi situasi di luar dugaan, ketika sekelompok kriminal mengincar barang seni bernilai tinggi yang disimpan oleh salah satu penghuni gedung tersebut. Cardillo, Jess, bersama penghuni tersisa, termasuk mantan polisi dan putrinya, berusaha bertahan hidup di bawah tekanan para kriminal serta badai besar di luar.

Kisah pencurian di tengah bencana memang bukan hal baru, sebut saja Hard Rain dan Hurricane Heist. Keduanya memang bukan terhitung film yang bagus sekalipun aksinya menghibur. Force of Nature memiliki nasib kurang lebih sama, sekali pun premisnya menarik. Situasi Die Hard di tengah bencana besar memang membuat filmnya memiliki potensi kisah yang menarik. Sayangnya, kisahnya sendiri tak digarap serius dengan banyak pengembangan cerita yang mengabaikan logika serta terlalu mudah untuk diantisipasi kisahnya. Setting bangunan yang demikian menarik juga tak mampu digarap baik dalam naskahnya sehingga sering kita kehilangan informasi, ada di lantai berapa sang tokoh. Posisi lantai jelas penting untuk menambah sisi ketegangan aksinya. Dalam film ini semua lantai seperti terlihat sama.     

Force of Nature memiliki premis menarik untuk aksinya, walau idenya tak lagi orisinal dan membuang talenta para kasting seniornya. Gibson nyaris tak penah miss dalam memilih peran, namun kini perannya sama sekali tak membekas, sekali pun karakter sang tokoh memang ekspresif. Sayang jika aktor sekaliber ini harus memiliki nasib serupa dengan Bruce Willis yang kini sering bermain dalam film kelas dua. Demikian pula halnya dengan Hirsch dan Boswoth. Aktor lokal Stephanie Cayo dan sang antagonis justru sedikit mencuri perhatian. Untuk fans film aksi kriminal sejenis dan plot Die Hard rasanya bakal sedikit terhibur walau ketegangan yang kita harapkan, jauh dari harapan.

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