Who is a bigger star in Hollywood right now than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson? His movies are the theatrical equivalent of fast food – amazing upon consumption, but the aftermath isn’t always that pretty. Skyscraper is no different, and we are all the better for it. Johnson plays Will Sawyer, a former FBI hostage negotiator that agrees to evaluate security for a high end residential building named The Pearl. Located in Hong Kong, The Pearl is the world’s largest skyscraper standing 240 stories tall and over 3,500 feet high. While inspecting the steel behemoth, Sawyer and his family (Neve Campbell, Noah Cottrell, and McKenna Roberts) take residency in the building’s luxury quarters. While Sawyer is monitoring security at an offsite location, a European crime syndicate decides to strike by setting the 95th floor of the Pearl ablaze. With his family trapped, Sawyer must find a way back inside the towering inferno before it’s too late.
Writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence) does a seamless job of ratcheting up the suspense by thrusting Johnson in extremely dire predicaments that are often claustrophobic and vertigo- inducing. If you are afraid of heights, consider yourself warned. While the action is often bombastic, Thurber and Johnson wear Skyscraper’s absurdity like a badge of honor. If you are going to make an over the top summer popcorn film, why not revel in its ridiculousness? Just be sure to check your brain at the door. Skyscraper is a pulse pounding thrill ride that begs to ask one question: Do you want that delicious fast food or the evil elliptical machine? I’ll take the fast food every single time.
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By Scott Peterson
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