Critic Consensus: Well-cast yet derivative, Skyscraper isn't exactly a towering action thriller feat, but it's solidly constructed enough to stand among the genre's more mildly diverting features.
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Along with Johnson's rippling physique and heroic fingertips, the film's chief asset is the creatively conceived title object-the very tall building.
It would be fair to say that Skyscraper does what it sets out to do but the unambitious agenda isn't something I'm especially interested in watching.
The pleasures here come from watching an extraordinary physical specimen go through a lo-tech workout routine thousands of feet above the ground as he tries to rescue his family from a burning superskyscraper.
As a streaming option on a slow night or a long flight, the movie has its uses. But you've seen almost all of this before, with more wit and a better villain.
Skyscraper itself defies gravity - and plain sense, and humour, and self-awareness, and most things even a dumb, hot-buttered blockbuster would have even a little of.
Audience Reviews for Skyscraper
The film is all about the action and Johnson is the best thing in all his movies, Skyscraper is no different. Johnson is running into the same issue Arnold, Van Damme and Stallone had during there height of stardom, they don't have carefully created characters or stories. Skyscraper could have been the dark horse of 2018, the film had a lot of promise and while I enjoyed the film, it suffered from cliché storytelling. The villain was undercooked in favour of Johnson's character, this is a common issue with Marvel films. The action is big and dumb, exactly what fans wanted and I hoped this film would garner wider interest to entice Hollywood back into the action genre. The film half works and the biggest issue the film has is why are we here, the plot is quite incoherent and out there. The filmmakers attempt to do too much with the basic plot, Die Hard is a clear guide, they left the kids at home. I enjoyed the film and I hope Johnson continues pushing for these films, I'm not a big fan of every film being aimed for the family. 27/09/2018.
I would like to say that this movie is as abysmal as the titular skyscraper is tall: only about 3/5ths of a mile. Maybe I can't solely blame writer Rawson Marshall Thurber. Maybe I'm more pissed off at the idiot who hired him to write for The Rock twice. Who seriously watches Central Intelligence, a character-driven buddy-cop action-comedy starring one of the highest paid working comedians alongside one of the highest paid action stars of the day, and says "good enough"? In retrospect, that movie is going to be a five dollar Wal-Mart bin Blu-ray, but considering that almost every movie Dwight Johnson has starred in over the past decade is a cruel joke on anyone who pines for the silly thrills of Schwarzenegger's peak cinematic output, I'm almost afraid that it's "The People's Champ" himself pissing these movies down his leg (or, in this case, down his lack thereof). We could go on The Rundown of all of the problems with this movie that spell its certain Doom, but at the end of this Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Shazam!, I have to Snitch on the real San Andreas-sized fault in The Game Plan of Thurber's Longshot of a script: I could tell from five minutes in how it would conclude because of the frighteningly horrible foreshadowing. That scene where Neve Campbell whines about how she wants The Rock to turn her phone off and turn it back on because she likes to withhold her affection for him until, in his Marine PTSD/de-legged state, submits to her technocratic whims is simply there to make the horribly handled last-minute deus ex machina have some sort of poetic justification. The most ridiculous thing about the film is not that The Rock saves his family and foils the chaotic violence of an international criminal syndicate on the tallest building in the world with one leg and some duct-tape. It is that, even with such an expansive and ridiculous series of parameters, international audiences should be subjected to one of the most milquetoast wastes of hundreds of millions of dollars because absolutely no one in Hollywood is willing to make light of the absurdity of this scenario. This is played straighter than the castrated corpse of Fred Phelps, and nobody, not even the Chinese market, wants to see that.
Dwayne Johnson has fought giant monsters, earthquakes, armies, drug cartels, race-enthusiast criminals, and video game villains, so now, as we run out of opponents, enjoy Dwayne Johnson versus... a building. Skyscraper is much more Towering Inferno than Die Hard, as Johnson plays a security specialist fighting to break into a burning building in order to rescue his family from a group of armed criminals. It's a movie that struggles to keep pace with schlock throughout its relatively brisk running time. There are some definite detriments, like a team of uninteresting villains with a pretty haphazard plan (in order to flush out a rich guy, they... set a building on fire?). Some of the sequences are just goofy in conception, like an access panel placed right under a spinning turbine, or a top floor architectural design that makes no sense except to provide a requisite location for a "hall of mirrors" finale. However, it's a perfectly serviceable action thriller, with a better handle on the material than I would have thought for the director of ribald comedies We're the Millers and Central Intelligence. Johnson is a perfectly magnetic leading man and the plot has a satisfying A-to-B-to-C progression of obstacles and practical solutions. Neve Campbell plays Johnson's wife and she is actually given important things to do rather than being a damsel in distress. She even saves the day. Skyscraper won't be a movie you'll remember long after having seen it, but it's got enough charm and decently structured set pieces to serve as disposable entertainment. Nate's Grade: B-
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