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Film Review: Skyscraper


Film Review: Skyscraper

Alexia Frangos

It seems like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is in every second movie appearing in the cinemas these days – the man just doesn’t stop! With a film title like Skyscraper, it’s hard to picture any other actor playing this role. The character of Will Sawyer is a former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader turned security system enterprise owner, after an accident in the field that left him an amputee.

Equipped with a prosthetic leg we flash forward 10 years after the accident, he is now a father of two gorgeous twins and husband to Sarah (Neve Campbell), a combat nurse he met in the hospital the night of his accident.

The film shows a strong family bond between Will, Sarah and their twins Georgia (Mckenna Roberts) and Henry (Noah Cottrell), fighting against all odds - and some Scandinavian criminals - to escape the blazing inferno that engrosses the world’s tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong, a building that should have been indestructible.

I don’t want to spoil the film’s plot too much, but it’s basically Johnson doing all these ridiculously jaw-dropping stunts that will make you say, like I did, “I would have died” or “seriously I would have shit myself and died”. Respectively, I can imagine if The Rock was in the same situation in real life that it would have ended the same – he uses his Hulk-like muscles to pull himself up from almost falling off the edge of a 220-floor skyscraper at least three times. That’s a lot of gains bro.

While I’m not the kind of gal to put my hand up to watch an action-packed-borderline-thriller movie, it had me wondering how the story-line would turn out about the tallest building in the world... but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The themes of family, integrity, and just The Rock being his perfect self had me at the edge of my seat and constantly whispering “shit” throughout the film.

It was a move away from Johnson's recent streak of light-hearted comedic films like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Baywatch, Moana and Central Intelligence; Skyscraper showcases he’s able to play the funny guy, hero father-figure, and a down-right bad-ass.

A highly intoxicating film that’s a great distraction from the perils of our everyday lives, because that weekly meeting at work is just as bad as jumping into a burning building and fighting bad guys, right?

My advice? Have water at the ready because the popcorn eating bloody intensifies in scenes that will have your eyes glued to the screen. Side note: it’s great to see people of colour and different races on the big screen, kudos to the Director and Writer Rawson Marshall Thurber (also directed Dodgeball, We’re The Millers, and Easy A).

I’d like to thank GU Filmhouse Adelaide for having us attend the Adelaide premier of Skyscraper – don’t forget to support your local cinema and catch a film in the comfiest leather chairs known to man.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars