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Review: Skyscraper

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SKYSCRAPER

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DIRECTED BY Rawson Marshall Thurber

STARS Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell


How impossibly charismatic is Dwayne Johnson? I wouldn’t go so far as to say I would watch him read a phone book, but an Archie comic or the back of a cereal box wouldn’t be out of the question. As for watching him in something as stridently generic as Skyscraper, that’s a tougher call to make.

With the notable exception of that snooze-inducing Hercules movie from a few years back, the general congeniality and good-guy vibes exhibited by The Artist Formerly Known As The Rock have elevated many a questionable project. Here, the actor must muster all his appeal to float this action yarn in which his character, Will Sawyer, is a former FBI agent whose poor job-related decision ended up costing him his left leg.

But life has gotten better, as he’s now a dedicated family man (Neve Campbell plays his spouse while McKenna Roberts and Noah Cottrell portray their kids) who has just landed an enviable position as the security overseer at The Pearl, a Hong Kong skyscraper and the world’s tallest such edifice.

Sawyer has barely had time to stop and smell the success when he's framed for a devastating fire ripping through the building, one meant to cover up a crime targeting The Pearl’s creator, Zhao Long Ji (Chin Han). Worse, Sawyer’s family is trapped inside the towering inferno, meaning he must resort to impossible measures to rescue them. Unfortunately, the criminals are also trapped in the building, meaning various games of “hide and seek” will ensue.

Basically, Skyscraper is a variation on the Die Hard template, but there’s not much here that will lead to many declarations of yippee-ki-yay from audience members. Oversized action flicks will always go for the gusto with bigger and better and crazier stunts, but the level of suspension of disbelief necessary to swallow the stunts on view here probably hasn’t been invented yet.

Those with acrophobia might respond to some of the sky-high action sequences, while the climactic skirmish will amuse fans of the classic “hall of mirrors” sequence from Orson Welles’ The Lady from Shanghai.

Otherwise, this is entertainment on autopilot, with plot pirouettes that barely matter, double crosses that can be spotted from across the Atlantic, and snarling villains cut from the most generic cloth possible. Ultimately, the entire picture is as artificial as Sawyer’s left leg.
Film Details Skyscraper

Global icon Dwayne Johnson leads the cast of Legendary's SKYSCRAPER as former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Ford, who now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in China he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he's been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who is trapped inside the building...above the fire line.

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Official Site: www.universalpictures.com/movies/skyscraper

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Writer: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Producer: Beau Flynn, Dwayne Johnson, Rawson Marshall Thurber and Hiram Garcia

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Noah Taylor, Roland Møller, Byron Mann, Pablo Schreiber and Hannah Quinlivan

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Official Site: www.universalpictures.com/movies/skyscraper

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Writer: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Producer: Beau Flynn, Dwayne Johnson, Rawson Marshall Thurber and Hiram Garcia

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Noah Taylor, Roland Møller, Byron Mann, Pablo Schreiber and Hannah Quinlivan

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4:55 PM Park Plaza Cinema
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5:15 PM Royal Cinemas & IMAX
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5:30 PM GTC Pooler Stadium Cinemas 12
425 Pooler Pky.
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5:30 PM GTC Liberty Cinema 7 (Hinesville)
565 West Oglethorpe Hwy.
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7:00 PM Spotlight Theatres Eisenhower Square Cinema 6
1100 Eisenhower Dr.
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7:05 PM Northridge Cinema 10
435 William Hilton Pky.
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7:10 PM Regal Savannah Stadium 10
1132 Shawnee St.
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7:10 PM Park Plaza Cinema
33 Office Park Rd., Suit 201
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7:25 PM Cinemark Bluffton 12
106 Buckwalter Pky.
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7:30 PM GTC Pooler Stadium Cinemas 12
425 Pooler Pky.
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7:40 PM Royal Cinemas & IMAX
5 Towne Center Court
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8:00 PM GTC Liberty Cinema 7 (Hinesville)
565 West Oglethorpe Hwy.
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8:30 PM GTC Pooler Stadium Cinemas 12
425 Pooler Pky.
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9:25 PM Park Plaza Cinema
33 Office Park Rd., Suit 201
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9:30 PM Northridge Cinema 10
435 William Hilton Pky.
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9:30 PM Spotlight Theatres Eisenhower Square Cinema 6
1100 Eisenhower Dr.
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10:00 PM Regal Savannah Stadium 10
1132 Shawnee St.
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10:05 PM Cinemark Bluffton 12
106 Buckwalter Pky.
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10:10 PM Royal Cinemas & IMAX
5 Towne Center Court
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10:15 PM GTC Liberty Cinema 7 (Hinesville)
565 West Oglethorpe Hwy.
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10:15 PM GTC Pooler Stadium Cinemas 12
425 Pooler Pky.
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