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Skyscraper (Dwayne Johnson) - Review


Review by Shereen Low

IndieLondon Rating: 3.5 out of 5

DWAYNE Johnson – aka The Rock – must be a superhero. There, I’ve said it. Some of the gasp-out-loud stunts he does in his new film Skyscraper can only be carried out by someone who possesses super powers.

The former wrestler, 46, has already battled giant mutated monsters, mythical creatures and evil baddies and now he’s taking on the likes of Bruce Willis (Die Hard) and Liam Neeson (Taken) with this action thriller, which will keep you gripped on the edge of your seat.

Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, best known for comedies such as DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, Central Intelligence and We’re The Millers, Skyscraper sees The Rock starring as Will Sawyer, a former FBI Hostage Rescue team leader who now works as a security consultant.

After a bomb blast (risk of the job) during an extraction mission leaves him an amputee, he has found happiness with wife, Sarah (Neve Campbell), and their two gorgeous children, Georgia (McKenna Roberts) and Henry (Noah Cottrell) with.

But their happy family life goes slightly awry after he is hired to assess the security of The Pearl, the tallest skyscraper in the world, based in Hong Kong.

Unbeknownst to Will, the building’s financier developer Zhao Jong Li (Chin Han) is being extorted by terrorist thug Kores Botha (Roland Moller), who will stop at nothing to get a memory card filled with incriminating details about Botha’s money laundering history.

His gang starts a fire on the upper floors of The Pearl, trapping Will’s family, so it’s up to Daddy – who, on top of it all, is being framed for the arson – to rescue them from near-certain death in the blazing inferno and the clutches of terrorists, reclaim his reputation and save the day. A tall order, right?

Leading man Johnson is a joy to watch, with the action hero defying logic and gravity to perform the rather unbelievable and implausible sequences, overcoming adversity with barely a drop of sweat, whether he’s throwing himself from a window or using his upper body strength to break a fall using only his fingertips. At one stage, he decides to climb a crane rather than break the lock of the stairs below. Wtf?!

Yet throughout all the jaw-dropping stunts, there is still some injection of humour. “If you can’t fix it with duct tape, you ain’t using enough duct tape,” he growls while wrapping rolls of it around him in one scene.

While he’s joined by great performances from Campbell and Han, it’s Johnson who steals the movie, despite all its flaws.

Certificate: 12A
Running time: 102 minutes
Out now