Global icon Dwayne Johnson leads the cast of Legendary’s SKYSCRAPER as former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Sawyer, who now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in China he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who is trapped inside the building…above the fire line.
Rawson Marshall Thurber has written a script keeping in Dwayne Johnson in mind. The kind of hyperbolic action in the film could only suit Dwayne. Rawson starts the movie creating tension & tries to maintain it throughout. He has shown some mind-blowing architectural wonders in the film. Be it fast lifts going in between the swirling turbines or a room full of reflective displays which turns transparent on a click – there are some WOW artifacts show in the film.
Yes, the action is logic defying, there are loopholes in the screenplay, flaws in the script but it is entertaining. Before fanatics comment by judging me on the previous line, let me be clear – I also enjoy a Salman Khan or a Rajinikanth film if they are at the least ‘entertaining’. There are enough moments to keep you glued throughout the movie. I saw people shaking on their seats while watching.
Dwayne Johnson as Will Sawyer, yet again, performs a character of a similar template in a different manner. There a certain thing about him that makes him bearable even though he doesn’t experiment much with his roles. Neve Campbell plays the role of Dwayne’s wife Sarah Sawyer in the film. She is beautiful, fierce and underused. We have seen what she can do in House Of Cards but here she gets overshadowed by the gigantic Johnson.
Roland Møller as Kores Botha is not the villain I expected for a movie like this. He looked bad-ass but his character was poorly sketched. To fight Johnson you need someone like Vin Diesel at the least. Chin Han as Zhao Long Ji is just to fill in the Asian requirement in the film. So are Byron Mann as Inspector Wu and Hannah Quinlivan as Xia. Rampage did extremely well in China, so one has to ask, is the Hong Kong involvement to attract more footfalls?
Rawson Marshall Thurber achieves one thing with perfection is creating tension between the scenes. Let it be rock climbing a tower equivalent to 96 floors or the infamous jump, there are many sequences that keep your interest intact in the movie. This is where the movie wins big time. Full marks to Dwayne for carrying forward Thurber’s metaphoric vision. Weaving in family emotions in the midst of some aggressive action, works at places and misses at some.
Michael Bay’s favourite Steve Jablonsky has grasped the essence of the film quite well and scored the music according to it. Music plays a major role in a movie such as this and Steve does not disappoint at all. The music helps in elevating the thrill of some scenes which sums up the satisfying experience.
All said and done, Skyscraper is yet another entertaining offering from Dwayne Johnson. He climbs up the tower of my expectations & entertains throughout the film. It’s always good to get such enjoyable stuff from Hollywood in times when everyone wants to be a superhero.