This might've been the movie that inspired Skyscraper! It feels like one of those movies that might've tread new ground entirely at the time, and yet it did so surprisingly well. The fire, the way it spreads, the way it affects the people... it might not be the most realistic at all times, and especially during the early stage of the film when it's just burning away a storage room without spreading, but when it does get started they really portray it the best possible way! Fierce and unconditional. A true force of nature.
The smoke and flame rise high, the shots of enclosed smoke-filled corridors and outside-view of the tower of fire flicker past, as helicopters crash and people climb through the wreckage, all the while people on the top floor are doing their best not to panic and jump through the windows or plunge into the fires that rage around them to escape their cage. It feels slow, overly-dramatic and cheesy sometimes, but convincing too.
It's still a proof of concept for the movies of today, and with a more emboldened message regarding these death traps in the sky. Don't build them, or if you do: do it the right way. It' may be old but it holds well.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle