What we have here is another adventurous star vehicle for Dwayne Johnson (better known as "The Rock"). So far I have watched seven of these, and I believe this kind of frequent approach is becoming a cliche. This time, he is an FBI rescue team leader with a fake leg and loves his family. But then his family is trapped in the world's tallest and most impressive building ever built: "The Pearl." The Pearl is on fire, so he is desperate to save his family, but he has to defeat a lot of thugs and other obstacles in the way first. That would be nice to see, yet at the same time, it barely sounds like much, but Rawson Marshall Thurber (director/writer) has been trying his best to make this enterprise a worthwhile popcorn movie. Rawson Thurber is throwing plenty of twists and turns that are aggressive and shocking, and he manages to add some decent execution to it's tension and pathos. What does make the movie interesting is that it tests the intelligence of it's audience, and I can see how; in spades, I did know what was going to happen, but at the same time and deep down, I truly don't know what was going to happen. The results are probably somewhere in the middle, and to top it all off, the movie's heart is in the right place. The cinematography by Robert Elswit is exactly what I expected a sumptuous blockbuster to look like, and some of the dialogue is clever enough to either make my eyes open wide, or open my mouth in moderate shock. The futuristic Pearl is one of the most impressive buildings I have ever seen inside and out. As always, Dwayne Johnson did his thing as this likable, tenacious, and powerful hero who is ambitiously desperate to save the day. His character (William) is nice; it is so cool to see a strong man with a fake leg saving his family, while being challenge by many dangers that he comes across in and out of the Pearl. Neve Campbell plays Sarah Sawyer; she is the wife of William. She is pretty much how expect a damsel-in-distress should be: A woman who needs to be rescued, but also has surprising fighting skills. Zhao Long Ji (Chin Han) has more surprising twists to his character than everybody else in this movie. In conclusion: quite predictable, but thoroughly entertaining. 3.5/5 Worth a rental.
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Don't like being negative about things too much but this movie was bad. I felt that every character was underdeveloped. You got more of who they were through people talking than thier actions and roles. One thing I feel that you have to do in a movie is make things believable and mix in a little bit of the incredible unbelievable parts. I felt that this was a lot of incredible unbelievable with just a hint of believable. You just cant mix so many professions in one movie and not know anything about the products you're working with. Duct tape, prosthetics, fire systems, etc.
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Congratulations Hollywood - you have made one of the all-time MOST HORRIBLE movies. Boring, unoriginal, awful acting, etc. Trying to do a takeoff on a couple DieHard movies which were very good and failing miserably. . I stopped watching half way through. I would rather watch paint dry. I would give it zero stars if I could.
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