A high-rise disaster flick with low-rise aspirations, this assembly line, made-for-TV thriller is strictly for the he-man heroics set. Government agent Dean McConnell (Eric Roberts) drags his teenaged son, Jeremy (Kaj-Erik Eriksen), along on a tour of Seattle's Federal Building, in hopes that the adolescent will bond with Dean's girlfriend, Fiona (Cali Timmins), and her daughter, Aimee (Lisa Marie Caruk). But Brady Bunch rapport quickly becomes the least of Dean's worries: Anti-government terrorists have targeted the building because it's temporarily housing $100,000,000 worth of engraving plates headed for the Mint. And to Dean's shock, the leader of the extremists is his former co-worker, Quentin Darby (Jurgen Prochnow), who's nursing a grudge against Uncle Sam and has no compunctions about taking hostages or blowing them up once he's been whisked from the roof by an escape chopper. Dean's counter-terrorism training enables him to force that whirlybird to crash into the building, which screws up Quentin's getaway. But it also causes a chain reaction that engulfs several stories in flames. Caught between Quentin's no-goodniks and a towering inferno, Fiona's tour group doesn't know where to turn ignoring Dean's advice not to use the elevator proves the last decision some of them make. And even bigger shock awaits Dean: Quentin's main squeeze and second-in-command, Michelle (Venus Terzo), is Dean's ex-wife and Jeremy's mom! Dean must try to persuade the kvetching cross-section of humanity in his care to hide in a vault while he battles Quentin, but will the terrified tourists foolishly dash for freedom instead? Once again, a corrupt federal agent butts heads with a patriotic maverick who possesses a limitless repertoire of military skills. If you enjoy hogwash about trapped victims in tall buildings, then this will satisfy your sub-DIE HARD cravings.
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- Released: 1999
- Rating: NR
- Review: A high-rise disaster flick with low-rise aspirations, this assembly line, made-for-TV thriller is strictly for the he-man heroics set. Government agent Dean McConnell (Eric Roberts) drags his teenaged son, Jeremy (Kaj-Erik Eriksen), along on a tour of Seat… (more)