Review: Skyscraper



Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Duration: 102 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 20-JUL-2018
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 2.5 on 5

A father goes to great lengths to save his family from a burning skyscraper.

Overall Review:
Skycraper is Old Wine in A New Bottle (80’s Action film with 21st-century Visual Effects), written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. Skyscraper is a family-bonding adventure film starring Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Story of the film is like a decade ago, Will (Dwayne Johnson) was caught in a suicide bomb blast as an FBI agent, scarring his psyche and taking one of his legs. Now he’s in Hong Kong as a security specialist working on The Pearl, a megastructure owned by Zhao (Chin Han), a billionaire endeavoring to becoming globally famous with the tallest building in the world. Will lives in The Pearl with his two kids and wife, Sarah (Neve Campbell), occupying the first condo in the complex, with the building’s big debut happening soon. While Will deals with the final details of his safety assessment, valuable information found in his tablet is stolen by a mercenary (Roland Moller) who sets the building on fire, causing citywide panic while he hunts for Zhao and the sensitive information he’s hiding. Caught outside the skyscraper when it bursts into flames, Will tries to work his way back into The Pearl to save his family, keeping police busy as they look to arrest him for possible terrorism. Film starts slow, eating up running time with a largely unnecessary flashback. Film is one hell of a cheesy good time with death-defying stunts and crazy CGI action sequences that make one feel like Dwayne Johnson should have died about 30-40 times in this film. Like any other superhero, he manages to avoid just about every natural thing that would kill a human in seconds.Skyscraper is not without its faults. Steve Jablonsky’s background score is unsotthing and completely unsync from the genre of the film. Script and Editing of the film needs lot of attention too. With themes obviously being stolen from past action adventure flicks like MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL, and DIE HARD, this production lacks imagination and originality. The crazy stunts do offer up some entertainment, but for the most part SKYSCRAPER is very outlandish and far-fetched

PDF Verdict:
Skycrapper is nothing but A Tower o Cliché. Film had all the potential to give audience a vertigo-inducing ride, but it fails to take off with enthusiasm or grit.

Ratings: 2.5 on 5
Performance: 3 on 5
Script: 2 on 5
Screenplay: 2.5 on 5
Music / Background Score: 2 on 5

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