D: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Universal/Legendary/Seven Bucks (Beau Flynn, Dwayne Johnson, Hiram Garcia & Rawson Marshall Thurber)

US 2018

102 mins


W: Rawson Marshall Thurber

DP: Robert Elswit

Ed: Michael Sale & Julian Clarke

Mus: Steve Jablonsky

Dwayne Johnson (Will Sawyer), Neve Campbell (Sarah Sawyer), Chin Han (Zhao Long Ji), Roland Møller (Kores Botha), Pablo Schreiber (Ben)

20 years after Die Hard appeared on our cinema screens and 34 years after The Towering Inferno was a huge hit comes this merge of both plots, starring Dwayne Johnson as a security expert and former FBI agent who must rescue his family from a high tech Hong Kong skyscraper which is subject to a terrorist attack and engulfed in fire.

This film knows which other movies it's ripping off, but does so with its tongue firmly in cheek and although Dwayne Johnson plays the same character he plays in everything else, he's such a likeable personality, it's virtually impossible to get offended by his lack-of-acting skills.

Farfetched, of course, but some of the set pieces will have you on the edge of your seat and the suspension of disbelief is just on the right side, to make you truly believe that a one-legged amputee can really jump into a building with a single bound.

It certainly won't be turning heads when the awards season comes about, but for a popcorn movie, this is fine entertainment.