Rawson Marshall Thurber's "Skyscraper" Review: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson packs a punch

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By Murtaza Ali Khan

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in Skyscraper

Skyscraper is the latest film starring former WWE wrestler and Hollywood superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The film marks director Rawson Marshall Thurber’s second collaboration with Johnson who previously worked with him on the 2016 action comedy Central Intelligence

In Skyscraper, Johnson plays a war veteran, Will Sawyer, who had had one of his legs amputated from the knee during an earlier operation. But his prosthetic leg allows him to lead a normal life. He now assesses security for skyscrapers. He has been assigned with the task of supervising security in the world’s largest skyscraper called “The Pearl” (3,500 feet and 225 storeys tall) constructed by an Asian businessman, Zhao Long Ji, in Hong Kong. When a criminal mastermind tries to bring the building down in a bid to blackmail the business magnate, Sawyer wife and his two kids get trapped in the middle of nowhere. If there is anyone capable of preventing the building from going down it is Sawyer. But will he succeed in overcoming the insurmountable odds and his own physical limitations?   

Skyscraper has all the making of an action thriller. While the plot may remind some of Die Hard, the execution makes it quite refreshing. The film relies heavily on CGI and VFX but that isn’t necessary a bad thing. In fact, here it adds a lot of value to the film’s narrative. Usually in an action film it is easy to get carried away. Since a lot of action is taking place the viewer can easily get lost if the individual scenes lack clarity in execution and that’s precisely where direction comes into picture. When it is done well it doesn’t really show but when it is not one can easily tell, like in the case of some of the Transformer films which tend to lose focus during their big action scenes, often leaving a viewer disoriented. But that’s not the case with Skyscraper which ensures that the key action moments are clearly defined. The viewer is always with the story and never really feels left out.
Neve Campbell in Skyscraper
Neve Campbell in Skyscraper
Over the last decade, Dwayne Johnson has really evolved into a bankable action star. In his hands, the legacy of the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone looks quite safe. At 46, he finds himself at the top of his game. And, perhaps, Skyscraper is his best work yet. Not only does he seem quite natural in the action scenes he is also able to bring credibility to the fact that he is actually playing a man with an amputated leg. Also, he is reasonably good in the emotional scenes. He is probably not as gifted a performer as his fellow wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista but he certainly knows what it takes to win over a film-going audience.
Dwayne Johnson in Skyscraper with Neve Campbell
Neve Campbell and Dwayne Johnson in Skyscraper
Overall, Skyscraper makes for a engaging action thriller that never really looses it grip on the viewer. While the plot is rather clichéd the execution is superb. If anything, the pacing could have been slightly better but at 102 minutes it doesn’t feel long. Credit goes to the Rawson Marshall Thurber who has also written the film. Thurber also succeeds in eliciting worthy performances from his actors. While Johnson is solid as ever, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Roland Møller, Byron Mann, and Hannah Quinlivan offer good support. Also, the child actors playing Sawyer’s daughter and son have performed reasonably well. Despite its aforementioned weaknesses, Skyscraper has all the makings of a perfect Hollywood blockbuster. If you like action thrillers then it will not disappoint you.   

Rating: 7/10

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Skyscraper - Official Trailer (YouTube)

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