Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson reunites with writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence) as a security consultant who must save his family from the world’s tallest skyscraper, which has been overrun by terrorists and is on fire in this adrenaline-fuelled action thriller. Will Sawyer (Johnson) is security consultant on The Pearl, the newly built, hi-tech, tallest building in the world, which also claims to be the safest building ever built. Titanic, I hear you say. Exactly. This too-hi-tech-and-safe-for-its-own-good building’s weaknesses are revealed the instant some terrorists get in and set fire to it, essentially turning the building against itself. Fortunately, or unfortunately for them, the terrorists forgot to check whether or not the guy consulting on the building’s security is a war veteran or an ex-FBI hostage rescuer. Sawyer is both and, combined with the expertise of his current job, has the ideal skillset to put an end to their vertigo-inducing shenanigans. Indeed, perhaps he’s the only guy in the world who could put a stop to it! Towering Inferno had McQueen, Die Hard – Willis. But these action heroes of yesteryear pale in comparison to the mighty Rock who proceeds to jump, swing, smash and clamber his way up this slippery assault course of glass and steel. But can he defeat the terrorists, save his family and fulfil his consulting job by proving that the building is not secure – or perhaps too secure? Wouldn’t put it past him. In the meantime, just don’t look down!
Syscraper – Saturday 9pm on Channel 4