25 August 2011 | ma-cortes
Thrilling and entertaining disaster movie but full clichés and stereotypes with strong performances from Newman and McQueen
¨Towering Inferno¨ title tells the story in disaster epic about a burning skyscraper and originally released in Panavision . This is the undisputed king of the catastrophe films of the 70s , a successful film that grossed at box office . This formula disaster movie from Irwin Allen ( previously winner of numerous Oscars for Poseidon ) concerns about a newly built skyscraper located in San Francisco . When takes place on the recently constructed high-rise office building and hotel a fire due to substandard material . Then , the all-star cast (Faye Dunaway, Robert Wagner , Robert Vaughn , Susan Blakely , and many others ) become caught in its penthouse restaurant . An architect (Paul Newman) and the fire fighter chief ( Steve McQueen ) combine their efforts to stop firing as when the building is set blaze .
This catastrophe movie blends action , intrigue , disaster spectacle, suspense and emotional byplay with romance included . Our heroes get stuck in the skyscraper before it burns and when fire takes place they go into action ; as they pay tribute to firemen . Filmed at the height of the disaster genre from the 7os ,this entry in the spectacular series profits of a strong acting by starring duo . The protagonists spend most of their time devising grisly ways for avoid to die and to be fired . The explosions , pyrotechnics , floods are spectacular and breathtaking , being well made by FX expert L.B. Abbot , but the film is just another habitual cold-blooded Hollywood product . Succeeds in combining various talented actors , an all star cast came together formed by Paul Newman and Steve McQueen who tie for film's top casting honors ; furthermore , William Holden , Fred Astaire , Jennifer Jones , Richard Chamberlain , O.J. Simpson , and very secondaries as Dabney Coleman , Don Gordon , Susan Flannery and Gregory Sierra . Musical Score by the classic John Williams , Spielberg's usual ; the song titled ¨We may never love like this again¨ got Academy Award winner . Colorful and gripping photography by Joseph Biroc and Fred Koenekamp , two of the main cameramen of the 60s and 70s ; both of whom had Oscar winner for cinematography . This big-budgeted disaster movie is professionally directed by John Guillermin , habitual of disaster films ( Skyjacked , King Kong, Kong lives ) and airplane movies (Blue Max) . It's an Irwin Allen's rehash of the former disaster movie clichés in which the splendid casting stands out . The picture is one of the last Allen's hits along with ¨Poseidon¨ , after that , succeeds failures as ¨Beyond Poseidon¨, ¨Swarm¨ and ¨When the time ran out¨. Rating : Good and entertaining , it's a fairly watchable disaster movie.