7:00 PM, 18th August, 2018
Skyscraper is the latest Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson blockbuster, further cementing his status as an iconic global action star. Set inside what is essentially a vertical metropolis – the tallest skyscraper in the world – Johnson plays Will Ford, an ex-FBI agent turned security consultant whose day turns bad when terrorists take over and set fire to the new complex, trapping his family inside. Cue the stunts.
Director Rawson Marshall Thurber’s last film, Central Intelligence, also starred Johnson and was a fun, if cluttered, buddy comedy. Skyscraper is a fun, if cluttered, disaster thriller. Like Central Intelligence, a key drawcard is the effortless charm exuded by Johnson, who has proven many times that he has the ability to carry almost any movie on charisma alone.
Expect leaps from tall buildings, scenery-chewing villains, dramatic rescues, glistening muscles, broken glass, and plenty of Die Hard references. And props to the casting director for helping to close the age gap by casting Neve Campbell (who is only two years younger than Johnson) as Will Ford’s wife.
8:52 PM, 18th August, 2018
A blockbuster blast from the past, Earthquake shook cinemas in the early 1970s, thrilling audiences with groundbreaking special effects and the biggest stars of the day.
When a massive earthquake strikes the San Andreas Fault in California, Los Angeles and its citizens are thrown into a desperate struggle for survival. This tale of man versus nature follows Graff (played by Charlton Heston at the height of his square-jawed glory), his wife Remy (Ava Gardner, famous for her star turn in another classic disaster-piece, 1959’s On the Beach), and a rag-tag group of survivors as they navigate the treacherous, crumbling ruin of L.A., battling floods, aftershocks and looters.
Interestingly, Earthquake also set the record at the time for the most stunt artists in a production. A staggering 141 hardworking actors dropping out of buildings, being thrown into the air, and narrowly avoiding being crushed, drowned and blown up make for quite the spectacle.
If you enjoyed more recent disaster flicks like San Andreas or Geostorm, this will be a rare treat to see the movie that gave birth to the large-scale disaster epic.