Tell me, how much do you love your family?
~ Kores Botha to Will Sawyer.

Kores Botha is the main antagonist in the 2018 action thriller film Skyscraper. He is a freelance terrorist working under various criminal organizations in order to collect money by his own means. Believing that his plan would lessen the chances of work disruption, he was also the man responsible for the massive fire that occurred in the 96th floor of "The Pearl", the world's tallest building, also kidnapping Will Sawyer's daughter as part of his scheme.

He was portrayed by Roland Møller, who also played Aleksander Bremovych in Atomic Blonde.

Biography

Kores Botha is first seen inside the basement floor of the Pearl when one of his henchmen kills a mechanical engineer by strangling his neck. Botha devised a scheme to destroy several parts of the skyscraper so he can gain additional funds for unknown purposes. He later greets Will Sawyer's family, initially friendly towards them, after on he contacts his strike team who after breaching the administration facility, hack into the anti-fire measures and lock Zhao out.

He orders them to seal all fire doors from 95 to the ground floor and to deactivate all anti-fire measures from 96 to the top floor, opening the shaft air vents and allowing the fire to accelerate upwards via fresh oxygen from the shafts. Following this he by unknown means frames Will Sawyer as the mastermind behind the attack and continues to Zhao whom he needs.

Botha later ambushes Zhao's security team after Zhao reluctantly agrees to evacuate and wounding his head of security, Okeke, unbeknownst to Zhao, Botha secretly employed Pierce and attempts to take Zhao hostage, however he is attacked by Okeke who he eventually kills but allows Zhao to escape and seal himself in his penthouse. 

Zhao having isolated his penthouse security system prevents Botha from accessing via the tablet, on the contrary he learns Sawyer and his family are in the building in which Pierce suggests they use Sawyer to gain access to the penthouse. He orders Pierce to retrieve Sawyer's family who fails but successfully captures his daughter who Botha uses to coerce Sawyer into gaining access to the penthouse for him.

Sawyer successfully gains access to the penthouse in which a brief struggle ensues between him and Zhao whom Sawyer overpowers and later learns from him that Botha was originally a business partner of his who worked for three powerful crime syndicates. Botha came to Zhao and extorted payments from him by threatening to cripple his labor force, Zhao payed him but secretly hid tracking software within his wire transfer which allowed him to trace all transactions as Botha laundered money from him. After the syndicates discovered that they were compromised, they threatened to destroy Botha if he didn't retrieve the data, Sawyer and Zhao devise a plan to retrieve his daughter and stop Botha from obtaining the drive. 

Within the Pearl's sphere, Botha who is preparing to evacuate the building with a parachute is encountered by Sawyer and Zhao, Zhao demands to be giving a parachute to which Botha forces one of his men to give to him, Zhao then tosses the drive to pre-occupy their attention while Sawyer retrieves his daughter in which a struggle ensues in the Pearl. Zhao activates the Pearl's mirror panels making it difficult for them to pinpoint each other while simultaneously, his strike team at the administration facility is wiped out by police.

Botha falling to his death.

Following the struggle in the Pearl's sphere, Zhao is wounded while Botha's entire strike team is taken out by Sawyer, Botha manages to find Sawyer's daughter and holds her hostage with a grenade as he attempts to use her as leverage to force Sawyer to give him the drive or else threatens to kill her or them both, unbeknownst to him, the Sawyer he was talking to was a reflection of the real Sawyer who was standing behind him. He is eventually kicked through a hole within the ground and drops the grenade, falling to his death mid-air in which the grenade eventually explodes, killing him and ending his terrorism.

Trivia

  • In one scene in the movie, Botha tells Sawyer that it's easy to find a man's weakness, claiming that Zhao's weakness was the Pearl and Sawyer's weakness was his family. Ultimately, Botha's weakness was his overconfidence, as while he was holding Georgia hostage to Will, he didn't realize that Will was actually behind him until the screen projector temporarily malfunctioned, causing him to be kicked off the Pearl and killed by the grenade he was holding.

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