By James Davidson
“Skyscraper” is a movie about a father trying to save his family from the tallest building in the world before it burns to the ground. Dwayne Johnson plays Will Sawyer, an ex-special forces security consultant, who is brought by his friend to analyze the security on the new “tallest building in the world” before residents are allowed in. He brings his wife, Sarah (played by Neve Campbell) and their two children, Georgia and Henry (played by McKenna Roberts and Noah Cottrell), to live in the building while he is working. While they are there, a group of men led by Kores Botha (played by Roland Moller) sets the building on fire in an attempt to flush out the mastermind behind the building, Zhao Long Ji (played by Chin Han).
I was really intrigued by the premise of this movie, I thought it was original and unique. There were a lot of possibilities with this story and the filmmakers did follow through with a few interesting things. Unfortunately, for the most part, there was very little to set this movie apart from other action movies.
I felt that the writers and director did a good job at creating different environments within the same building, which made it seem as though they were in different locations within the larger one. They did such a good job that sometimes I forgot everybody was in the same place, especially at the beginning before the fire spread.
The action scenes were very well done and entertaining. There were a lot of very suspenseful scenes of people hanging and climbing on the building that kept me on the edge of my seat. The fight scenes were a lot of fun to watch. Dwayne Johnson always does a great job with fight scenes and action sequences, and this movie is no exception.
Another part where I thought the creators fell short was a lot of the surprises and twists in the film were extremely predictable. Within the first 30 minutes of the movie, I had already figured out two of the main twists. While it was kind of annoying, it didn’t take away from the experience too much and I was still entertained.
“Skyscraper” is rated PG-13 for sequences of gun violence and action and brief strong language, so it is inappropriate for young viewers.
While I thought “Skyscraper” didn’t quite live up to its full potential and that it was predictable and generic, the movie was still very entertaining and suspenseful. I would probably rent this movie and enjoy it again. It earns 3 out of 5 stars.