Dan Says SKYSCRAPER Doesn’t Reach The Heights He Expected In An Action Film.

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FILM REVIEW: SKYSCRAPER

BY DAN SKIP ALLEN

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson plays Will Sawyer, a father of two who is married to Sarah, played by Neve Campbell. He goes to Hong Kong with his family to give a review about the safety protocols of the building he owns. Right now, only 96 of 220 floors are operational not including the penthouse that Chin Han, said businessman played by Zhao Long Ji, resides in. The Pearl is the name of this dream building Mr.Han has created but it’s not the gem he hopes for. Of course, a plot to overthrow the owner and burn down the building would be the right thing to do if you want to have a full movie. In addition, let’s put Will and his family into peril to get this man into action. That’s what these kinds of action films do. Have we seen this before? Of course, we have. The film is called Die Hard. Is The Rock the new John McClane/Bruce Willis though, that is the real question?

Dwayne The Rock Johnson has rebounded nicely from the garbage that was Baywatch last year. Jumanji was a financial and critical success, and Rampage was a fun action film you just had to sit back and enjoy. Skyscraper falls a little short. It has some great action set pieces such as Will jumping from a crane into the burning building, and not to mention him saving his family and himself from certain death countless times. The family stuff was ok. You cared about them, so that will work for audiences. The villains were worthless because of their reasons for why they were doing what they were doing. They were just fodder for Will to dispose of as well as for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to show how strong he is and knows how to be an American Ninja Warrior. Yeah, he seems like he’s on that show throughout the film with the climbing and jumping all of over the place.

Rawson Marshall Thurber is primarily known as a comedy director. He has directed films such as Easy A, Were the Miller’s and Central Intelligence. The latter he worked with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart. These are all very funny films but Skyscraper, on the other hand, is his first real take at action. Maybe doing an action film just so he could work with Johnson wasn’t the best choice of protects for him being that it’s a little out of his wheelhouse.

Despite Johnson trying his best and doing everything he could to make Skyscraper a good fun time at the movies, the action scenes and family moments weren’t enough to give this film a good review. This film lacks the substance other films from these creators have done in the past. It’s safe to say this isn’t Die Hard and that classic film is safe in its world of being one of the greatest action films all time.

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