Between superheroes, dinosaurs and shape-shifting robots, it’s good to see there’s still room for an old-fashioned slam-bam action flick in the busy summer slate. And there’s no better guy to deliver such an animal than ‘the Rock’.
Dwayne Johnson does it again with ‘Skyscraper’. Sure, the film’s plot is so paint-by-the-numbers, it’s almost stupid – in a project like this, that’s kinda the point. You can’t truly enjoy a jumbo popcorn adrenaline rush if you’re thinking too hard…and trust me, when it comes to lack of intelligence, we’re more than safe with this one. ‘Skyscraper’ makes ‘The Towering Inferno’ seem like Kubrick fare in comparison.
A little bit of a heist flick, a shred of a crime drama, one really, really tall building and a whole lot of Dwayne’s bulging biceps – that just about does it for a comprehensive review of ‘Skyscraper’. But since I get paid by the word, let’s elaborate..
Johnson plays Will Sawyer, a former FBI agent who lost a leg in the line of duty. Trying to rebound professionally as a security consultant, he lands a huge contract with a Hong Kong billionaire in a ridiculously luxurious high-rise. It’s pretty clear early on that not all is as it seems with this operation – a suspicion with definite merit, considering Will’s family is present in the building. ‘Cause as we all know, it ain’t officially a a potboiler of an action movie unless adorable kids are at risk.
Not that Mrs. Sawyer can’t handle her own in the action department. Neve Campbell (like, ‘Party of Five’, ‘Scream’, etc…..yes, THAT Neve Campbell!) isn’t your usual damsel in distress, and isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty in dealing with bad guys. Mind you, Johnson is still the main attraction; he clings to edges, teeters on narrow ledges, dangles from ropes, all while dodging knives, bullets and fists – oh yeah, there’s a fire too. A big, raging fire.
At this point, if you’re saying to yourself, “..but Jay, this all just sounds ‘Die Hard’, starring the Rock”………well, yeah. It is. Ssssssssh. Don’t spread that around, or they might not make another one.