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Skyscraper review: 102 minutes of pure Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson moments

If you've seen the trailer, you have kinda seen the film

Rachna Srivastava SPIN_occhio 20 July 2018, 1:54 PM
T2 Review
Even the great CGI couldn't save the film from burning down

Even the great CGI couldn't save the film from burning down Image: IMDB

Movie: Skyscraper

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Roland Møller

Directed by: Rawson Marshall Thurber

You'll like this if you like: Bangkok Dangerous (no one remembers that one, though), Die Hard series, Towering Inferno

If you haven't been living under a rock – not The Rock guys, a rock – you know Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is the biggest Hollywood money-maker. Literally and figuratively. 

And when we say that, we mean his mere presence churns moolah. Something similar is bound to happen with Rawson Marshall Thurber's directorial, Skyscraper.

Imagine an Asian zillionaire named Zhao Long Ji (Chin Han) with a pet project that consists of a cute 225-storeyed building called The Pearl in the heart of Hong Kong — residential, huh. And our beefed-up softie Will Sawyer (Dwayne, of course) is tasked to check its security and make sure the building is safe for residential purposes.

Now imagine that building being under attack from European terrorists, who ignite up Pearl's 96th floor. And Sawyer's family — wife Sarah (Neve Campbell) and kids Henry (Noah Cottrell) and Georgia (McKenna Roberts) — are stuck inside the building. Chaotic, right?

That's what the movie is — chaotic, loud, with good CGI effects, logic-and-gravity-defying action performed by Dwayne. Basically, 102 minutes of pure The Rock moments. Did we mention he is an amputee? Yes, the US war veteran had a leg amputated from knee down from a previous mission and uses a prosthetic leg.

But that doesn't stop him from jumping buildings, climbing cranes, jumping off high floors and dangling from window to window. Cuz, he's The Rock, y'all. He can do it all.

The movie has eerie similarities to Die Hard and Towering Inferno. So, you know what it's all about. Acting-wise, how do we judge? Let's see... Dwayne was Dwayne with a well-fitted shirt, bright smile and in action-mode. 

Oh, he's also the doting dad who'll do anything to protect his family. Neve was the paranoid but badass mom. Kids were kids. Terrorists were very gullible, TBH. 

Please don't apply much logic, you don't need that. We mean you've seen that scary jump in the trailer, right? If you've seen the trailer, you have kinda seen the whole film. Also, this is the moment where we declare that the most deserving performance in the movie was by the good 'ol duct tape (you'll know it when you see it).

Music by Steve Jablonsky was good and the post-production team has done a really good job. But sadly, even all that CGI couldn't save the film from burning down.

We don't even want to get started on the portrayal of disability in the film. Netizens are already at it.

Overall, it's a one-time watch, which you will forget as soon as summer/monsoon is over. 

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