Skyscraper Review: Dwayne Johnson is at the point in his career where he can confidently feature in derivative films with the knowledge that they’ll coast along merely on his charisma. ‘Skyscraper’ certainly doesn’t try to be new or innovative in any way. It’s the same setup we’ve seen before in ‘Towering Inferno’ and ‘Die Hard’ where people are trapped in buildings and need to be rescued against all odds.
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That’s pretty much what we have here as well. Throw in some ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ stunts and that summarises this film in a nutshell.
But fortunately, the makers are aware of this, so they go ahead and embrace it. Writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber has worked with Dwayne Johnson before so he knows precisely how to utilise his acting skills.
Johnson’s Will Sawyer isn’t too complicated – he is a trained soldier who has been relegated to a security job after a failed mission costs him his leg. However, he needs to tap into his military training when his family is put at risk when they get trapped in the world’s tallest building in Hong Kong. All Sawyer cares about is saving his wife and kids, while taking on the bad guys. Even the villains are your standard East-European mercenaries whose primary motive is money. They aren’t exactly threatening and are far from memorable.
Despite all these negative aspects, the movie falls smack down the middle of ‘you get what you paid for’ territory. This allows you to push logic out of the building (pun intended) and savour the mayhem as it unfolds. Johnson and Neve Campbell, as Sawyer’s wife Sarah, have ample experience to keep their performances rooted enough without being campy. That said, this one might be worth your money and time only if your expectations aren’t sky-high and you enjoy predicting what happens next in movies.