I almost feel strange having to write a review about this movie but I figured, why not? A movie about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson jumping into the largest building in the world while it’s on fire to save his family really doesn’t need any more explanation. If that sounds like the type of movie you would enjoy then you probably will but if you are looking for a film with some deeper meaning, this isn’t for you. If that didn’t already answer your question then by all means, enjoy my Skyscraper movie review.
From the director that brought you two of the funniest movies of this decade; Dodgeball and We’re the Millers, Rawson Marshall Thurber delivers audiences one of the most straight forward and humorless movies I have seen in a long time. That’s not to say it’s not a good movie, just a bit of a surprise from that particular director.
Dwayne’s character, Will Sawyer, is an ex-FBI agent that is tasked with reviewing the security of the world’s tallest building before it can open the top half for residential purposes. Prior to completion of his inspection however, evil bad guys with guns decide to take over the building and set it on fire. The twist; his family is stuck inside! Building on fire, guys with guns, Die Hard nostalgia; can you smell what The Rock is cookin?
All joking aside, this movie is honestly as direct as I just described it. If you see a guy at the beginning of the movie that seems a little sketchy and you say to yourself, “hey, I bet that’s a bad guy,” you will be 100% correct. If a character hints at something in the beginning that didn’t seem that important at the time and you think, “That seems like it may be important later in the film,” I promise you are correct.
Per usual, the Chairgatin’ movie review scoring system consist of American flag recliners, which are good for obvious reasons, and fedoras which are bad, also for obvious reasons. 5 recliners represent the best and 5 fedoras represent the worst. I’m awarding Skyscraper two and a half recliners; a true action movie that doesn’t pretend to be anything else.
People will talk shit about this movie but honestly, this isn’t a bad movie. It’s actually better than originally advertised. The plot, the acting, the themes, the characters; there really isn’t anything original about Skyscraper. That being said, the familiarity and the intense action scenes made it a fun movie and if you aren’t expecting anything more, you probably won’t be disappointed.
Side note: the jump from the crane to the building everyone made fun of on the poster was extremely over-exaggerated by the marketing team. The actual jump in the film was much closer and although still fairly unbelievable, don’t question what The Rock can do. Hell, the new Tomb Raider had way more unbelievable jumps.