Archive: Skyscraper (2018) A Review

A good mindless action film is, on occasion, good for the soul.  And if that film stars Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, it is bound to be all he better for it!

Certificate: 12A

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Screenwriter: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han

Genre: Action, Thriller

Runtime: 102 Minutes

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

Will Sawyer has been hired by tech genius Zhao Long Ji to consult on the security for his new state of the art skyscraper, the tallest in the world.  But when the tower is attacked by terrorists, with Wills family locked inside, he will stop at nothing to get them to safety.  And kick the butts of a few terrorists, and do a few crazy stunts along the way.

Disaster movies are probably my number one guilty pleasure.  I know they are never going to be fantastic feats of cinematic genius, and they will revolve around the same dozen or so plot elements Every. Single. Time.  But I just can’t get enough of them.  And if you are going to give me action movie superstar Dwayne Johnson and my all time feminine movie hero Neve Campbell at the same time, I am bound to have a good time.  And for me this film was a good time, despite it falling into all the clichés and stereotypes that you would expect.

The plot is a simple one.  It’s easy to follow and nearly as easy to predict, right from the very beginning.  As soon as the inventor starts bragging about how indestructible something is, you know that someone is going to come along and through a spanner in the works, it’s just one of cinemas golden rules.  And from there the story is about as generic as it comes.  It would have been a nice surprise to see hem try and do something different, but I wasn’t expecting that, as I pretty knew what I was getting going in.

There were pretty solid performances throughout from our protagonists.  It was the antagonists, the terrorists that lacked character for me.  Their motive was pretty weak and this seemed like a very over dramatic reaction to an extortion gone wrong in my opinion.  But not only was the writing weak for our aggressors, but some of the performances weren’t that great either.  These two things combined just mean that the threat level was never that high for me.  We always knew that Dwayne Johnson was going to come out on top, but the under usage of the films villains just meant that from very early on it felt completely inevitable.

Action movie fans will have a lot to love here with impressive fight scenes, plenty of explosions and of course, Dwayne Johnson doing some completely outrageous stunts.  The part where he is holding a bridge together with his bare hands is my personal favourite, just because of it’s shear improbability.

Don’t go into this one expecting too much and you may have a good time.  If you want to check it out for yourself Skyscraper is available to watch on Netflix now.

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