Originally Published on Salty Popcorn
Have you seen DIE HARD? Good. What about TOWERING INFERNO? Great. And how about the last five years of The Rock’s filmography? Perfect. Mix them all together and you have SKYSCRAPER, a film so ridiculously bonkers and flat out insane that you need to see it to believe it. Will Sawyer (Johnson) is a paraplegic who lost his leg after a bomb extraction gone wrong. But through his recovery he met the love of his life, Sarah (Neve Campbell), and started up a security company. This homemade business brings him to Hong Kong, the capital of put-us-in-your-movie-and-make-$1-billion-dollars-at-the-box-office, where the world’s tallest building has recently finished construction.
Grab a large popcorn and strap in for an off the charts 109 minute fling into insanity, where every action set piece attempts to out-meme the one that came before. If you’ve been following the film’s marketing, you’ll no doubt be aware of the inhuman leap The Rock makes to get into the building early on in the movie. Believe it or not, but that’s the least ridiculous thing this movie has in store for you, although that’s partially thanks to a last-minute CGI alteration to make that a more believable leap.
Thurber’s skills as a director work well enough for what this film is going for, but there’s nothing here to really blow you away. He doesn’t elevate his sub-par script to new heights, nor allow you to really feel the scope of the action (the “tallest building in the world” feels more like an advertising hook than a relevant story element, as they do literally nothing here that can’t be done in, say, a ten story building), but he grasps tone perfectly. He understands what this film is and what it’s going for, and hey, you genuinely care for these characters.
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