|Dwayne Johnson goes to amazing heights to save his family in Skyscraper. (Universal)|
MOVIE REVIEWThe first five minutes of Skyscraper is the best in the entire movie. The scene starts out quietly and innocently with a view of falling snow. Then a police radio can be heard in the distance and the scene opens slowly and builds. It’s almost poetic. It’s mysterious, exciting and surprising. The rest of the movie isn’t any of those things. Instead, Skyscraper is a collection of famous movie troupes. Big action star who is super-tough but can shed a tear? Check. A modern woman who is both capable and yet still needing saving? Check. The villain’s assistant who is beautiful, overdressed and deadly? Check. Scared kids? Check. Lots of explosions? Check. And on it goes.
Despite what you might think from watching the trailers, Skyscraper has more in common with Diehard than it does with The Towering Inferno. Yes, there is a burning building and people need to be rescued, but that’s about it for the comparisons to the former. It survives on the star power of its star, Dwayne Johnson. No matter how silly or outlandish a film is, you just can’t help but like it if it stars Mr. Johnson. And Skyscraper even shows a glimmer of the depth of Johnson’s potential as an actor.
|Dwayne Johnson (Universal)|
Skyscraper has been described by some as a mystery, action and thriller. Written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence, We’re the Millers), the author doesn’t know the value of subtlety. Causal viewers will figure out the mysterious elements from a mile away and honestly, there isn’t a lot of thrilling going on either. Despite the circumstances, you never really worry about this family. You know that they are going to be okay. This is in part to the fact that this building has a space age quality to it and is unlike anything we have in the real world - at least right now. It feels far removed from reality. What we’re left with is an action film, but one out of three isn’t terrible I guess. Just don’t expect it to make a whole lot of sense. At times it feels like it is one big commercial to sell duct tape.
Having graduated from the TV series, Party of Five and playing traumatized teen in the four Scream movies, Neve Campbell plays the role of Will’s wife, Sarah. And gets to play a mom, but not just any mom. She’s a surgeon with special battle training herself from her formal life too. However, will all of those skills, she fails to understand the concept of rebooting her phone. She gets to do a few action scenes, but not a lot. This is “The Rock’s” movie.
While Will tries a large part of the movie trying to reach his family, Sarah must comfort and protect the couple’s twins. Though burdened with dumb exchanges like Will telling his wife, “I love you” and she replying with “You better,” it is refreshing to see a marriage played out on the screen without any major marital problems. This is one intact family that loves each other and as silly as it gets in places, it’s nice to see a man literally willing to do anything to save his family.
All in all, Skyscraper isn’t as good as it could be, but it still one fun ride for those wanting an action flick to stuff popcorn in their face to, making it for some to be the perfect summer movie.