Would you ever expect shady business dealings, murder, blackmail or marital problems in a disaster movie? Never.
However, when the UBX Tower opens that's what you can expect.
As the tower is being built, builder Lucas Beaumont (Nigel Barber) can't buy off inspector Eveline Hoff (Marianne Stanicheva) so as she waits for the makeshift elevator, he has Eric Steele (Atanas Srebrev) "escort" her down. Unfortunately, she takes a wrong step and as Beaumont says, there's nothing to worry about since the concrete will cover her body.
While in the park with his children, Tom Bronson (Jamie Bamber) is on the phone with his friend James (J.R. Esposito) who suggests that wife Brianna (Claire Forlani) may be having an affair since she's currently working in Paris, as well as all over the world.
Tom doesn't believe this, even though their marriage is strained, but when he receives pictures of her and another man divorce is in their future.
The UBX Tower is now open and James has moved his law firm to the new building and on this particular day, Tom and Brianna are to meet at the office where the divorce is being hammered out.
Tom wants custody of the children, Ben and Anne (Isaac Rouse and Riley Jackson) and while the parents are battling in the tower, Ben comes across some information in the pictures and the two rush to the building to provide the evidence.
Upon arriving, they don't have proper authority to enter the building, but kindly security guard Paul (Nathan Cooper) lets them in. He asks that they deliver a flower drawing to receptionist Adria (Lorina Kamburova) and Anne puts it in her pocket.
In the penthouse offices, Beaumont has ordered that the power be increased and while the system is being drained there's an explosion on the twentieth floor (which is the utility room) and where Ben and Anne's elevator happen to be.
As the fire alarm goes off, James tells the office employees to ignore it and then realizing that there is an emergency wrangles them onto the elevator. Brianna tries to stop them but of course is unsuccessful in her plea.
When Tom's phone rings, he learns that the children are trapped in an elevator and he and Brianna tell them that they're on the way. She tries to give them instructions on escaping the smoke but is also unsuccessful due to the height of the children.
Ben manages to finally escape, but the elevator is brought down by the firefighters leaving him stranded in the shaft and Anne disappearing into oblivion.
Thankfully, Brianna is an experienced rock climber and is able to get to Ben.
Realizing that they could be charged with negligence, Steele and Beaumont begin destroying their records and order a helicopter to come and get them.
Ben, Tom and Brianna are rescued and the firefighter tells them that no one has seen the missing Anne. She's now in the basement which is filling up with gas and with Brianna's survival instinct kicking in, heads into the basement against the firefighters orders.
While some parts of the movie are good as far as a storyline, there are some things that will leave you scratching your head.
For instance, after the first explosion, the media arrives and they seem to know exactly what's going on and how many people have been killed, whereas the firefighters have no clue.
The onlookers appear to be standing right outside the lobby doors and everyone seems to be acting normal. It could be that no debris is falling and the fire is CGI.
But what really had gotten me was the fact that the utility company couldn't shut off the gas (miss one payment and they will in regular life) so with a basement filling up with natural gas, wouldn't the building explode?
This is also a movie in which a child could have died, because Anne ranks up there as one of the most annoying kids in disaster movie history and Jackson's acting is horrible.
For what it's worth, it's an okay movie and somewhat tolerable once you look over the obvious.