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.