Set on Christmas Eve (thereby also making it akin to Die Hard), the film takes place at Tower Sky, a twin-towered luxury apartment building of some 1,700 units and 108 floors. The towers connect via a shivers-inducing sky bridge with see-through floor. If that makes your stomach do flip-flops, perhaps it can be settled with the food courts free meals.
As happens in movies where disaster is top-priority, Tower Sky is rife with safety issues, including fire sprinkles that havent been tested, which very well could endanger the huge party being thrown. At least one certainly hopes so. When a couple of the 10 repeat: 10 helicopters covering the shiny shindig hit a patch of turbulence and crash into the high rises, blazes break out.
In a film vastly superior to his previous effort, the sci-fi-oriented Sector 7, director Kim Ji-hoon isnt interested in story as much as sheer spectacle. Were introduced to a handful of select stock characters a party planner, a firefighter, a maid, a rich bitch, a single dad and his daughter before the towers become one giant human barbecue.
This exceedingly slick trick would have been a blast to see on the big screen, but Im just pleased we can see The Tower at all. Here, thanks go to CJ Entertainment for importing it to DVD. It wont ignite a disaster resurgence like we saw in the mid-1990s with competing pics on comets and volcanoes, but thats fine by me The Tower can stand proudly on its own. Rod Lott