Against all odds, Dwayne Johnson has become one of the more successful and liked actors working today in film. Despite the fact that he has really not made a film of high quality studios keep paying him tons of money to act. That is because he knows his skill set, sticks with it and makes films that people enjoy going to see. It is really not complex. Plus the guy is so darn likeable!
Almost all of The Rock’s films can fall in the summer action category. They are high adrenaline with our leading man kicking butt and delivering the occasional funny one liner. Nothing too taxing for this behemoth of a man. We believe he can scale buildings (like in this film) and destroy physically almost anyone on the planet. He really is the biggest and most bankable action star working today.
Skyscraper, directed and written by Rawson Marshall Thurber (We’re the Millers, Central Intelligence), continues that trend. Thurber and Johnson have worked together before and seem comfortable knowing what is expected from the other. While some might pooh pooh (a highly technical film reviewer term meaning crap all over) this film it delivers exactly what the public wants. Several of the action sequences are quite cool with plenty of daring and ingenuity shown by the stunt actors. Thurber knows why people have paid for their tickets and once he begins the action it never really dies down until the predictable ending.
Yes, it is all things you have seen before in films like Die Hard and The Towering Inferno, but there is enough action and edge of your seat scenes that you will find yourself willing to overlook the lack of originality. With its cheesy allusion to the power of family it is funny (without meaning to be) at times and will not be something you even really remember seeing, it still is a fun summer film.
After having a high octane career as an FBI Hostage Rescue Team Leader and a U.S. war veteran, Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson – Moana, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), who lost one of his legs below the knee while negotiating a hostage situation, is now supposedly taking it easy with his new job assessing security for skyscrapers. While in Hong Kong, things are going wrong as what is the tallest skyscraper in the world and also the safest is on fire. Twist is that Will is being framed for setting the fire.
Now Will is on the run from the authorities. He is going to try to figure out who framed him and is really behind the fire. Also, he has to try to save his family – wife Sarah (Neve Campbell – Scream, The Craft), son Henry (Noah Cottrell – first film) and daughter Georgia (McKenna Roberts – from television’s The Young and the Restless) – who are trapped in the building above the fire line.
Totally the type of film that Dwayne Johnson should be starring in. That is the entire review…really…he knows his place in the Hollywood hamster wheel and sticks with it. Nothing else should be expected of him.
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