Thanks to Universal Pictures Australia, we got to see Skyscraper before its Australian cinematic release. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, no matter what we say, we still recommend you to go and see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!
The ever-dependable Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson plays Will Sawyer, an amputee private security contractor hired by Zhao Long Ji (Chin Han) to assess the safety of The Pearl, a vast arcology-like skyscraper in Hong Kong. Along for the ride is his wife Sarah (Neve Campbell) and their two kids. Naturally, the access granted to Will makes him a target for some shady types, and hi-jinks ensue as he tries to save his family from the tower..
Skyscraper is a lot of fun, partly because it’s Johnson doing his usual thing, and partly because it’s so predictable that it’s actually hilarious. If the premise sounds familiar, it’s because it’s basically “Die Hard: Sky Hard”. There’s even a cop on the outside who trusts Will despite his orders. The action is exactly what you’ve learned to expect from movies featuring The Rock: not too violent, but lots of punching, jumps and body-slams. It telegraphs its upcoming action setpieces so obviously that a simple shot of a room in the beginning made the audience giggle as they imagined the fight scene that would inevitably take place in it.
Should you see it? If you enjoyed the silliness of the last few Fast & Furious movies, you’ll have a laugh. Is it good? That’s a bit of a stretch, but it’s competently shot and, well, The Rock‘s in it. Go with some like-minded friends and you’ll have a great time.