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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Keith the Critic Movie Reviews - Skyscraper

After a three month hiatus from the silver screen, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson returns in “Skyscraper.” Was it worth the wait?

Written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, “Skyscraper” is centered on Will Sawyer, played by Johnson, as a U.S. war veteran and former leader of the FBI Hostage Rescue Team. After losing one of his legs during his last mission with the FBI, Sawyer now finds himself assessing security for skyscrapers. His newest assignment takes him and his family to Hong Kong, where he is to inspect the security of “The Pearl,” the worlds tallest building.

At 3,500 feet tall, “The Pearl” offers residents the experience of dining, working and living in a state-of-the-art skyscraper. But when an international terrorist group takes his family hostage and frames him for the fire they caused in the building, Sawyer is left with no choice but to fight through “The Pearl” to save his family and name.

Unfortunately, Thurber’s script and direction fails to provide the film’s talented cast with serviceable material. You would think it’d be easy—all the elements of a summer blockbuster are there. You have a bankable star in Johnson, a true talent in Neve Campbell, and the world’s tallest building on fire. But still, Thurber finds a way to disappoint. That is, until the film’s final act, which featured little dialogue and a whole lot of action. The journey to that point, however, is hardly worth the time or money in the theater.

Overall, “Skyscraper” is yet another film with a solid cast and a hole-ridden script. 1 1/2 out of 4 stars.

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