I know this doesn’t really fall under the categories of horror and science fiction, but I think disaster flicks have a small margin of crossover-ability. And in this case, Inferno: Skyscraper Escape is the disaster flick that SyFy wishes they could broadcast. It’s slightly cheesy, but it’s packed with drama and suspense and, most importantly, it’s produced well besides a few low-quality bursts of CGI. Written by Regina Luvitt and Phillip Roth, Inferno: Skyscraper Escape follows a gas leak that causes a ferocious explosion and fire in the tallest building in Europe. A divorcing couple and their two children are separated in the chaos, and now they must risk their lives to escape the tower and reunite again. Starring Claire Forlani, Jamie Bamber, Nigel Barber, Atanas Srebrev, Riley Jackson, Isaac Rouse, Velislav Pavlov and Michael Flemming, Inferno: Skyscraper Escape is on VOD July 3rd from High Octane Pictures.
It’s very possible that Inferno: Skyscraper Escape could be a movie that’s right up your alley. Shot under Free Dolphin Productions and directed by Eric Summer, this movie has mild summer blockbuster written all over it. It’s the perfect movie to watch with your friends, with some beers and chips, while cranking the AC all the way up. It’s full of thrilling elements and suspense and it was a big production…but there are some drawbacks. I’ve already mentioned some of the CGI additions aren’t up to par with the rest of the movie, but that’s to be expected in an independent feature of this magnitude. My other two pieces of contention come with the script and the acting; where you’ll find lots of forced acting and rough patches of dialogue. Inferno: Skyscraper Escape was shot in Bulgaria, so maybe there was a language barrier that didn’t translate over well. Also, the explosions really don’t kick off until the half hour mark, which means you won’t be on the edge of your seat the whole time.
Inferno: Skyscraper Escape is basically what you get if you take the monster out of a cheesy creature feature and add more action and production value. Seriousness, I guess you could say. It’s not the best movie out there, but again, I think it’s something you’ll have fun watching this summer. The script was built to pull some emotional punches, but I really think you’ll be paying more attention to the chaos and mayhem than the plight of the separated family…and everyone who gets throttled in between. High Octane Pictures has this one scheduled for VOD release on July 3rd and I assume it’s going to do quite well if it’s marketed to the right crowd. I don’t know if horror and scifi fans are the right crowds, and yet I can still recommend it to cinema buffs in those fields who need a break from true macabre. Fun, thrilling and fiery, Inferno: Skyscraper Escape is worth the price of a VOD stream/download if you’re looking for action-disaster based, mindless fun. Check it out. Final Score: 6.25 out of 10.