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Skyscraper : Review

Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson – Rampage, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), ex-FBI hostage rescue team leader, US war veteran, and father, is on assignment in Hong Kong to assess the security of in the world’s tallest, safest building. Yet, he soon finds himself in trouble, and trying to escape both the hired guns of a master criminal, local authorities, and having to rescue his wife Sarah (Neve Campbell) and children, Georgia (McKenna Roberts) and Henry (Noah Cottrell) in the building, now ablaze.

So, what does one expect from a movie named Skyscraper, starring action man The Rock? It’s action, fights, stunts, and disaster from start to finish. Yes, Dwayne Johnson can act, but in Skyscraper we’re not bothered by complex plots or drama. We get non-stop adrenaline, super-human feats, and over the top heroes. We get one fast paced ride that is sure to thrill. And we get some nostalgia, taking us back to the action movies of the 80s and 90s. We get fun.

Skyscraper has a pretty straight forward plot. Nothing too intricate, yet still plausible (save for some death defying stunts, of course). It’s an escape from the daily drudgery of life, and a chance to relax and be thrilled.

Have we seen this before? Probably. It’s modern, yet one can see echos of Die Hard, The Towering Inferno, and countless template movies. But, this is still not one to miss.

Other than Johnson, it’s great to see Neve Campbeel take an outing on the big screen once again, with her talent not on show nearly enough.

Skyscraper, a fast paced, fun filled ride. Worthy of cheer, and thrilling to the very end.

Skyscraper opens 13 July 2018 in South African cinemas.

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry.

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