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“Skyscraper” a High Rise Thriller

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Maybe you thought that San Andreas and the recent Rampage was wild and thrilling, well Dwayne Johnson is back and this time with Skyscraper he’s way off the chart nuts. From the surprising opening to the amazing finale, the film will have you holding onto your seat with action treats on every turn, it’s a phenomenal wild ride. Multiply everything you see in the trailer by 100 and that’s just the tip of the thrills. If you are into the genre, you’ll be going back to see it again.

Following an incident that left former FBI Agent Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson) without his left leg, he’s now owner of a security company along with his wife Sarah (Neve Campbell). They have been bidding on jobs around the world and Will’s best friend and former FBI team member Ben (Pablo Schreiber) has set him up for a chance to take on the security and safety of the tallest building in the world.

Will Sawyer Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson) tries to save his daughter Georgia (McKenna Roberts) in Universal Pictures SKYSCRAPER

Located in Hong Kong, China, owner Zhao Long (Chin Han) has brought Will and his family of two children Georgia (McKenna Roberts) and Henry Sawyer (Noah Cottrell) to stay in the building on the 96th floor as a gesture of good will during his presentation. The building has opened for occupation up to the 99th floor, but needs approval for the rest of the floors and penthouse that reach up to 220.

After initial approval by Sawyer as to the safety and security of the monster skyscraper, he’s ask to test it via an off-site control center with a special facial protected locked tablet. On his way to the site, he gets jumped by a group of subversive Special Forces who take the tablet and set the building on fire. (All of this description is shown in the trailer for the film).

Dwayne Johnson as Will Sawyer in Universal’s SKYSCRAPER

Doing what he does best Director and Writer Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence) takes the ball and runs with it. Using Johnson to his fullest ability as an action hero, he puts together an amazing motion picture for the disaster film lovers. Using an incredible amount of computer graphics that make the skyscraper the 8th wonder the world, he puts Johnson inside and has him do his best Will Sawyer. Much like the first Die Hard film that found another action man Bruce Willis as John McClane trying to save his wife, Johnson jumps into harm’s way to save his family.

There’s not enough room in one review to describe the ability of Dwyane Johnson to command the screen. Every frame he’s in here glues you to the storyline waiting for the worst to happen, and when it does it’s a triumph of action acting. You may say, “but it’s only a movie and there’s CGI to make him look good”, and you would be right. But, there’s no one who can put a thousand words of dialogue on the screen with one facial expression like Johnson.

Neve Campbell as Sarah Sawyer and Dwayne Johnson as Will Sawyer in Universal’s SKYSCRAPER

His support cast helps Johnson a lot including Neve Campbell who shows her stuff as the determined wife who has to save her children caught on the 96th floor with fire below and explosions all around. It’s good to see her in an action thriller and it’s probably her best performance to date. I’d go out on a limb and say use her again in another adventure film as I think she’s got a lot to give.

As her children who are caught up in the disaster, they perform equally as well as Campbell. Both McKenna Roberts as Georgia Sawyer and Noah Cottrell as Henry Sawyer fill in the reason why Will has to get back into the burning building. The two are not only charming, but physical in the film where sets are huge and precarious. Its two new faces that are much needed in an acting pool that seems to grow with every new movie.

Skyscraper has been rated PG-13. It contains violence, peril and brutality, with some rude language. The peril gets a bit strong in some scenes and may be frightening to immature children so please take this into consideration when choosing to bring them along.

FINAL ANALYSIS: An edge of your seat thriller. (4 out of 5 stars)

Additional Film Information:
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Roland Møller, Noah Taylor, Byron Mann, Pablo Schreiber, McKenna Roberts, Noah Cottrell.
Directed and written by: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of gun violence and action, and for brief strong language
Running Time: 1 hr. 42min.
Opening Date: July 13, 2018
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Released in: Standard, Real 3D

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