Skyscraper, 4.3/10, seems to be scraping the barrel for any plausible credibility rather than soaring to new heights. Imagine every cliché from Die Hard: crisis in a burning building, European villain, one man to save the day. Now cast Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson as the lead and make him an amputee and you pretty much have the same film.
After Will Sawyer (played by Dwayne Johnson) is injured during a FBI hostage rescue situation, Sawyer chooses a new career path in assessing the security for skyscrapers. The new record-breaking skyscraper is three times the size of the Empire State building and is situated in the centre of Hong Kong. The building has shopping quarters, a whole residential area with its own ecosystem and, to top it off, one remarkable pearl which homes the designer and owner of the architectural triumph. But when a fire breaks out with the Sawyers family left inside, the world is left thinking he was behind it. To prove them wrong and save his family’s lives, Sawyer won’t let anything stop him. No really – nothing! He will climb a crane and then free jump into the burning skyscraper.
This film has been labelled as an 80’s esc action blockbuster with 21st century visuals and this is why originality has been marked down for me. Every action ‘save the day’ movie cliché was played out in this picture which is hard to believe at the best of times but when the acting performance is laughable it really does effect the overall viewing experience. I really wouldn’t waste your time watching this.
Entertainment (of its genre): 6/10
Total average: 4.3/10