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When a movie shows you what it is, believe it.
If you have seen a trailer for Dwayne Johnson’s new action flick Skyscraper, you have seen the best parts of the movie and, conveniently, you have seen the only parts you need to see. The trailer promises a film high on action, low on logic and full of fiery escapes. The movie is high on action (though none of it is particularly compelling or engaging), low on logic (so-called “plot twists” are either telegraphed from the first reel or so outlandish as to be incomprehensible) and full of fiery escapes (each more ludicrous than the last).
So why did I pay my money to see this dreck?
Hope and Dwayne Johnson.
As the only major studio release for the rest of the summer (so I heard, at-any-rate) that is not a sequel or a movie derivative of another property, I wanted to like Skyscraper and I hoped it would be better than it appeared. I hoped for a modern Towering Inferno with an homage or two to Die Hard thrown in for good measure. Hopes dashed.
I also enjoy Dwayne Johnson, though I am not sure why. He is not a wonderful actor but he typically has a 200 watt smile and enough charisma to cover a myriad of sins in a movie. Such is not the case in Skyscraper. Even The Rock cannot save this one. Too many sins, too much silliness, too little room for Johnson to operate. When the best line of the movie involved using duct tape, you know there is a problem.
In Skyscraper, characterization is reduced to the broadest of strokes. Johnson is an amputee. His son has asthma. His wife is a former army nurse who can KICK ASS! His friend is… you get the picture. I was not hoping for David Mamet here, but would the smallest amount of nuance have killed the screen writers?
Apparently, yes. It would have. Oh, and extra credit is available to anyone who can explain the plot of the villains in this one. I sure cannot.
Typically, I know what I am getting from a movie and I am okay with that. I knew what Skyscraper could be and my bar was set pretty low. The movie failed to clear it. Utterly.
SKYSCRAPER receives ONE AND A HALF TITANIUM PROSTHETIC LEGS out of a possible FIVE