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Iconic towers on the silver screen

When Sama Beirut is finished it will join a large family of majestic skyscrapers, some of whom because of their grandeur and stature have earned cameo roles in well-known feature films, either as the climbing frames of superheroes and secret agents or as the colossal targets of natural and supernatural disasters. Let’s take a look at the films and the towers that have made cinematic history.

Two International Finance Centre (Hong Kong)
The 88- storey tower, which was completed in 2003, is featured in both “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life” (2003) and in “The Dark Knight” (2008). The first film sees Lara leap off the tower, which was then under construction, using a special winged flight-suit and the second sees Batman leap from tower two to tower one to fight his archenemy Lau. 

Burj Khalifa (Dubai)
Burj Khalifa, now the tallest building in the world, measuring a good 830m in height, was featured in “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.” The film, released in 2011, shows Tom Cruise’s character, Ethan Hunt, climbing 11 stories on the facade of the building to reach its server.
John Hancock Center (Chicago)
The 459m high tower, completed in 1968, was the scene for 1988’s horror “Poltergeist 3”, where little Carol Anne must flee from evil poltergeist Cane whilst she stays in the luxury apartment block.

The Empire State Building (New York)
Who could forget that scene in the 1933 film version of “King Kong” when the giant ape climbs to the top of this tower with Ann Darrow in his fists before eventually falling to his death after being hit by planes? The Empire State Building is also crucial to the plot of “Sleepless in Seattle” (1993) as it is where Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan finally meet at the end of the film.

The Petronas Towers (Kuala Lumpur)
These 452m high twin towers were the scene of the final heist in the 1999 film “Entrapment” starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones. They steal $8billion from the ‘International Clearance Bank’ in the north Petronas tower in the final seconds of the countdown to the year 2000. 

So what role would Sama Beirut play in a feature film? Do you imagine it as the centrepiece of a futuristic sci-fi film or a romantic meeting point? Let’s wait and see!