MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han
Runtime: 1 hr 42 mins
What It Is: A war veteran and security expert, Will Sawyer (Johnson) is tasked with checking on the highly impressive security in the world’s tallest skyscraper The Pearl. This 225 story Goliath flares out of the Hong Kong skyline. When a terrorist organization tries to overtake the building and abducts his family it’s time to get that military training into action. Even if he is missing a leg from a military accident. No matter it’s time to get his family back and if he happens to save the building so be it.
What We Think: This is popcorn cinema at it’s most ridiculous. Thurber basically goes full Roland Emmerich and disregards dialogue and pretty much anything else. This is one that’s obviously not going to do much for the more refined palette. But if you need something to just turn your brain off on this fits the bill. Dwayne Johnson is his normal charismatic self. It’s good to see Neve Campbell back on our screens. Where’s she been? Anyway, the film isn’t great but it is fun. That’s sometimes enough to bring eyes to it.
Our Grade: C-, Not to my taste but one that the masses will certainly love. It’s a crowd-pleaser sure to be featured as the film playing on the televisions of a Costco near you. For all the set pieces (and my god that’s essentially what this is) some of them do offer a bit of suspense but overall it’s just a copy/paste Die Hard clone. If you’ve seen any of these you know what’s going on. I don’t highly recommend this. But eh, if you want some dumb fun. The Great One has