DIRECTOR: Rawson Marshall Thurber (central intelligence, we're the millers)
STARRING: dwayne johnson, neve campbell, Ng chin han, and noah taylor
REVIEWER: lyall carter
Former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Ford now assesses security for skyscrapers. He's on assignment in China when he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he's been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family, which is trapped inside the building, above the fire line.
There is no actor quite like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson working in Hollywood right now. The original action movies in which he is the lead consistently perform very well at the box office (except the remake of Baywatch which we won't mention here). He is the last action hero.
Johnson plays Will Ford, a former FBI hostage rescuer who now runs a small security firm that assesses business security systems. Ford wins the contract to assess security of The Pearl, the tallest skyscraper in the world. But things begin to go a muck as he is pulled into a conspiracy to take over the tower and steal something of great value from its owner.
Now the story is fairly solid except for a couple of plot holes which are mainly physics related (how did he make that jump)? But overall the story does work and anyway who comes to a Rock film for intricate story lines with great character depth? No one. We come to watch the Rock punch something or someone and do some really crazy stuff. Skyscraper. Check and check.
The action is great with some heart in your mouth moments (possibly because I'm freaked out of heights) with the Rock leaping off cranes into buildings, holding a bridge together with his bare hands, and of course punching quite a number of people.
Its exactly what an audience wants to get out of a film like this - action; pure and simple. Now it doesn't live up to similar films such as Die Hard and Towering Inferno and its not going to be an action classic in the slightest, but its a summer blockbuster that you can grab your popcorn and fizzy, sit back, and have a great night out at the movies. Oh and there's a nice little modern twist on the mirror room scene from James Bond's The Man with the Golden Gun too - for all the super movie nerds out there.
The Rock punches some people. He jumps off some things. And its a beautiful sight.