Movie Review: Skyscraper – A vertigo-inducing roller coaster ride!

This is when I had to have a drink during “Skyscraper.”

Universal Studios’ SKYSCRAPER, with Dwayne Johnson, is an action-packed movie that aptly displays The Rock’s skills as one of Hollywood’s highest paid actors. The superhuman feats Johnson’s character, Will Sawyer a former FBI agent, carries out are nothing short of miraculous — especially since the father of 2 has a prosthetic leg.

I’ll be honest. I’m afraid of heights. Just reading the word SKYSCRAPER made me a bit apprehensive to go see this movie. I vividly recall watching THE TOWERING INFERNO (1974) as a kid, and had some flashbacks to contend with. But off we went to the advanced screening knowing full well I might not make it all the way through the 1 hour and 49 minute reel. Fortunately for me, the screening was at the Arclight Cinemas in La Jolla, Ca. and they serve wine. I got a nice cabernet (Movie Pour size) before my husband and I settled into our seats.

Set in Hong Kong, the non-stop action, explosions and fights don’t let up until just before the credits start to roll. With nods to movies like DIE HARD, SKYSCRAPER is a sort of superhero (or superhuman) film, too. Indestructible and grimy, Johnson jumps from a crane to the 240 story building, and then rappels down the side of the 3,500 foot high glass and steel architectural wonder known as The Pearl. Who needs a cape when the hero has a multi-purpose prosthetic leg?

Synopsis: Global icon Dwayne Johnson leads the cast of Legendary’s Skyscraper as former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Sawyer, who now assesses security for skyscrapers.  On assignment in China he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it.  A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who is trapped inside the building…above the fire line.

Despite my fear of heights, we enjoyed the movie. It’s a good excuse to escape the heat into a cool Cineplex. The action sequences and death-defying stunts gave me vertigo, though. I felt like I was on a daring theme park roller coaster for a fast 109 minutes!  However, with The Rock as the movie’s leading man, we knew we were going to be OK. Ha!
Skyscraper

Skyscraper

The only part I wasn’t convinced about, was the characterization of Johnson as an over-caring father stopping at nothing to save his family. Though the concept is trying to pull at our heartstrings, it falls a little short. Don’t expect a brainy or boring movie either; SKYSCRAPER is somewhere in the middle.
It’s an entertaining summer flick!
Thank you to Universal Pictures for hosting us.
SKYSCRAPER opens July 13, 201.
Rated PG-13 for sequences of gun violence and action, and for brief strong language.
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Genre: 3D Action-Thriller

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Noah Taylor, Roland Møller, Byron Mann, Pablo Schreiber, Hannah Quinlivan

 

 

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