"doesn't change the action film game the way Die Hard did, but it's a solidly entertaining summer blockbuster"
Skyscraper is the latest Action spectacle from filmmaker Rawson Marshall Thurber, who is known more for comedies including Easy A and Central Intelligence and starring the ever popular Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock as Will Sawyer an amputee and former FBI Agent who is hired as a security assessor for the tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong called The Pearl.
The film begins up ten years prior to The Pearl events, and shows how Will looses his lower leg in a Hostage Rescue mission that goes wrong, the film then flash forwards ten years where Will is getting ready to start his new job at The Pearl as the security assessor.
Things go bad when The Pearl is attacked from the inside and to make matters worse; Will is framed for the attack and his family are left trapped inside the building as it burns, what follows is a death defying rescue mission as Will has to break into The Pearl to save his family and clear his name.
Whilst the plot is cliché and some of the physics don’t work, I had a lot of fun with Skyscraper, it is a well made film with impressive performances across the board. I was especially impressed that Neve Campbell, who plays Sawyer’s wife Sarah wasn’t sidelined as a ‘damsel in destress’, she’s a capable Actress and has her fair share of the Action as she keeps her young son and daughter safe inside the Skyscraper as it burns to the ground.
Whilst it will no doubt be called “Die Hard in a Skyscraper” and I myself called it that, Skyscraper doesn't change the action film game the way Die Hard did, but it's a solidly entertaining summer blockbuster lead by the ever wonderful Dwayne Johnson.