The Tower - ("Towering Inferno" Remake)
Christmas Day—At Tower Sky, the ultra-luxurious landmark building complex, a “White Christmas” party is held to dazzle its equally high-end tenants and VIP guests. Dae-ho, the manager of the building and single father, is forced to cancel his plans with his daughter Ha-na on Christmas day to work the event. The party is in full swing with two helicopters spraying snow on the partygoers below, when suddenly, one of the helicopters crashes into the building and sets it ablaze. Young-ki is a legendary firefighter, throwing himself into the burning building to save the lives of strangers. Together, Young-ki and Dae-ho must fight to save the lives of everyone around them.
Most of us have seen the original 1974 version with Steve McQueen and Paul Newman. I actually watched it a couple of months ago on Netflix so it's still fresh in my mind. It was AWFUL! It has aged badly and it's quite poor by today's standard.
Well "The Tower" is a South Korean remake and it is TERRIFIC! The story is essentially the same as the original except this time it's done better. Like most "disaster" films, this one takes awhile to get started (introducing each character and their stories) and it has its fair share of melodrama too (this is a korean film afterall). But once the action starts at the 30 minute mark it all gets pretty damn exciting. The visual FX is very good and the acting is fine except for some ill-advised attempt at comedy (Korean entertainment love mixing tragedy and comedy in their films & TV programs). A couple of the deaths are actually fairly gruesome - particularly one scene when people trapped in an elevator get "cooked". The film is nearly 2 hours long and I wasn't really expecting too much from it. But I really enjoyed it.
You can view the trailer for this film here: LINK