Nardo Says SKYSCRAPER Is The Perfect Film For A Summer Night Out

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FILM REVIEW: SKYSCRAPER

BY JESSICA MARIE NARDO

Deep metaphoric messages or overly developed characters continue to be the standard of cinema today. Even seemingly popcorn flicks of the summer will draw you in with significant emotional investments in what’s happening. However, that is not what you get with Dwyane “The Rock” Johnson’s new action star resume builder Skyscraper. Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, what you see unfold before your eyes is entertaining enough to get lost in but nothing more than that. You get what you need out of any action movie, undeniably impossible stunts, thunderous circumstances, intense camera stares and minimal dialogue with pleasing one liners. Asking or expecting more, or confusing it for other action classics, would do this movie a fair error.

Johnson plays traumatized former FBI hostage rescue team leader, Will Sawyer, and is asked to solidify the safeness of the world’s tallest, most extravagant structure, The Pearl. As an extension to his services, Sawyer’s lovely family, including Neve Campbell with two young newcomers Mckenna Roberts & Noah Cottrell, gets to be the first residents of the building. It’s creator, Chin Han, played by Zhao Long Ji, has the upmost faith in his building’s system that he even suggests it’s the safest place in the world. However, like most action movies call for, that’s the kiss of death when old business partners decide to test that theory until they acquire a special jump drive that motivates the plot. Then there’s fire, jumping, near death experiences and heights mixed in to tie this movie up in a nice action bow.

Johnson gives his usually action star performance with no real new moves we haven’t seen before. Well, technically he does do this film with one leg so, there’s that. The audience will enjoy his continued self-sacrificing moves for his family, but that pretty much limits the emotions here. Campbell was an interesting choice and addition considering this is not necessarily the kind of projects we see her tied too. However, she does not play the useless house wife, rather a good juxtaposition component to the situation at hand. Both young stars also show some decent promises in the game, but no real range can be seen considering their characters.

The major saver here is the interestingly shot scenes using heights to mystify the audience into feeling as if they too are in the compromising positions. Some cheap jump scares aside, yes, even ones I yelped at, there is the sensation at the bit of your stomach ever time The Rock must move from point A to point B; point A being the tip of a crane while point B being a nearly impossible jump into a burning building. You find yourself slightly holding your breath even thought you know that the predictability of the star missing the mark is not possible because, well, then there will be no movie.

Typical tropes aside, Skyscraper is the perfect film for a simple summer night out. At only slightly over an hour and half, the movie can be enjoyed and digested in the sitting. It’s safe to say that even missing leg, The Rock has not truly lost his action strength.

 

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