Skyscraper will come out in theaters today, July 13th. I was able to attend a pre-release screening for the movie that was sponsored by Universal which gave me an early glimpse into the action.
I do not want to give away any parts of the movie so here is a brief synopsis: Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson) worked in various divisions of law enforcement and protection for his entire life until an incident occurred which left him without a leg. This same incident brought him together with his wife, Sarah (Neve Campbell), and they eventually were blessed with twins, Henry (Noah Cottrell) and Georgia (McKenna Roberts). Will eventually began his own insurance company and was recruited by Zhao Long Ji (Chin Han), a successful business man who designed a building that would surge a mile into the sky. Will does a thorough investigation of the ironclad building and is almost ready to deem it ready for residency when a fire is set a few floors above where his family is staying. Will is determined to rescue the most important thing that he has: his family.
How did this impenetrable building become such a hazard? Does Will save his family? Watch the movie to find out.
I would rate the movie 2.5 out 5 stars. Here is why:
- Lack of emotional attachment to the characters: I think that we needed more of a back story. The whole movie was about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Although his family story was touching, I think we would have benefitted from experiencing more of it.
- Familiarity of plot: I think that the storyline had the potential to be interesting. Especially if they left out more details and allowed the audience to wonder about what was going to happen. It was fairly predictable and my husband said several times that it was too close to Die Hard.
- Strange acting: There were several times throughout the movie that the whole audience collectively burst into laughter at serious points in the movie. Some of the lines or actions were so corny or unrealistic that you could not take them seriously.
- Setting: In this huge and revolutionary structure you only see two or three parts of the entire building. I did like that it was located abroad which provided an alternative setting. But the reason it was so powerful when Titanic sunk was because the audience was so attached to the grandeur of the ship. We were not given enough time or insight to truly marvel at the building which made Zhao’s last line less meaningful and more idiotic.
- Family: The overall theme of this was the love that is shared between a family. It was powerful. Honestly, we need more movies that show the importance of family.
- Humor: This is actually a positive aspect of the movie. The purposeful humor landed quite nicely. There were small quips and jokes that naturally fell into the suspense that genuinely made me laugh.
- Cast: I actually believe that the cast was great for the roles they were in. The kids did an awesome job in their parts and the family fit together so nicely. The villains were believable and even somewhat unique.
- Action: If you are simply an action junky, this movie will be good for you. Especially if you do not crave an in-depth or unique plot. The action was amusing to watch. The Rock has several impressive scenes and there are a variety of fight sequences (I will be honest, I closed my eyes several times- some of which was from the shaky camera method).
Morality Rating- 3 out of 5 stars
There were some TINY children in the theatre with us which shocked me. Be extremely careful when you bring children to this movie. The opening scene has a significant amount of gore. There is strong content to process such as crime, devastation, peril, and tragedy. There are also a few instances in which inappropriate language was utilized which seemed unnecessary alongside the overall family theme.