Skyscraper – Film Review by Frank L.
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Writer: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Pablo Schreiber
It begins with a shoot-out in the snow laden mid-west when Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson) is seriously injured resulting in the amputation of a leg below the knee. One of the medical operatives, Sarah (Neve Campbell), assures him just before he goes into the operating theatre he will be fine. The action then swtiches forward ten years to Hong Kong where the tallest building in the world, called the Pearl, has been built comprising umpteen stories stretching thousands of feet into the sky. It is a miracle of modern technology generating its own energy with a waterfall descending 30 stories. Sawyer and his wife, now with two kids, are living in this edifice but the owner, a Chinese multi-billionaire, has security concerns. The building is in fact compromised by evil men and women and a fire is started below the floor where the Sawyer family lives. Initially the fire is contained within that floor by the extraordinary technology used in erecting the edifice. But those self same evil-doers reverse the safety features so the fire starts to spread upwards to the Sawyer family. Will, however, is not in the building and he is determined to rescue his family.
With his body, which is all muscle, plus his prosthetic limb he climbs, jumps, swings, clasps, fights and shoots his way up and around the Pearl to rescue his family. His prosthetic leg does not hinder him greatly in this super human task and in one scene he uses it for an unlikely purpose which raised a smile at the ingenuity of the use. Apart from that, it was all about Johnson’s massive brawny strength which was in constant use in fantastic and unlikely acts of derring-do.
The elephant in the room is of course the Die Hard series, and there is a fairly obvious comparison. Not that they have a copyright on fighting bad people in buildings, just that they did it first and better! If super human strength, coupled with a head for heights, plus constant action appeals to you, then this is a movie probably worth seeing. If you enjoy something a bit more contemplative; then best avoided.