Skyscraper (2018)


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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Global icon Dwayne Johnson leads the cast of Legendary's SKYSCRAPER as former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Sawyer, 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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Dwayne Johnson
as Will Sawyer
Neve Campbell
as Sarah Sawyer
Chin Han
as Zhao Long Ji
Noah Taylor
as Mr. Pierce
Roland Møller
as Kores Botha
Byron Mann
as Inspector Wu
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Critic Reviews for Skyscraper

All Critics (254) | Top Critics (36)

Along with Johnson's rippling physique and heroic fingertips, the film's chief asset is the creatively conceived title object-the very tall building.

Jul 16, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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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.

Jul 14, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 13, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 13, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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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.

Jul 13, 2018 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

All "Skyscraper" has going for it is a tall building.

Jul 13, 2018 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Skyscraper


So, you know Dwayne ï¿ 1/2The Rockï¿ 1/2Â? Johnson, right? Of course you do. Remember his movie from three months ago? "Rampage"? The one about The Rock stopping a giant gorilla from destroying Chicago? Maybe you do and maybe you donï¿ 1/2(TM)t (that could be due either to the fact you didnï¿ 1/2(TM)t see it or because itï¿ 1/2(TM)s pretty forgettable, but I digress). Regardless one of the news stories that broke around the time of that movieï¿ 1/2(TM)s release was the fact Johnson had the screenwriters re-write the climax of the film that had the genetically modified George die. The way this was re-written was that George instead faked his death so as to play a trick on Johnsonï¿ 1/2(TM)s character. Classic, huh? Johnson wanted this done so that the audience wouldnï¿ 1/2(TM)t go home on a dour note as they came to the movies and to that type of movie especially to enjoy light-hearted entertainment and not to see a CGI gorilla die. Well, that same guy who mandated the monkey didnï¿ 1/2(TM)t die in his last movie opens his new movie with a flashback scene that features a suicide bomber blowing himself up and murdering his own wife and kids along with him so, happy movie-going! If you consider this a spoiler, I apologize, but this plot point isnï¿ 1/2(TM)t brought up to spoil, but rather to open up the conversation about how from the word go "Skyscraper" essentially misses the mark it should have been shooting for the whole time. Why did it need to begin in this fashion? How was that decision going to be justified? I kept asking myself these questions as the film continued to march on even though in the first few expository scenes following that opening it became very clear as to why Johnsonï¿ 1/2(TM)s character was witness to and injured in the murder/suicide spurred by a father that included the unnecessary deaths of his wife and two young children-one boy and one girl. The movie quickly jumps forward a decade and establishes that Johnsonï¿ 1/2(TM)s Will Sawyer has since married the surgeon that saved his life that fateful night, Sarah (Neve Campbell), and that theyï¿ 1/2(TM)ve had a set of twins together-one boy and one girl. It is clear Sawyer will once again come face to face with the same predicament he faced in the opening sequence and will have to once again choose his actions very carefully in a scenario that could just as easily swing in one direction as it could another. I get it and I think most movie-goers who see more than three movies a year or have at least seen an action movie in their lifetime will get it, but the foreshadowing isnï¿ 1/2(TM)t the issue as in all actuality the script, from writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber ("Dodgeball", "Weï¿ 1/2(TM)re the Millers", "Central Intelligence"), is especially symmetrical and pays off each of its set-ups quite nicely. More, the issue with opening your supposed summer popcorn movie among summer popcorn movies with such a scene is the tone it implies and the precedent it sets for the rest of your movie. Due to this decision, "Skyscraper" never recovers from being this bleak and bloody actioner with an unnecessarily high body count when all it really had to be was Dwayne ï¿ 1/2The Rockï¿ 1/2Â? Johnson stopping a giant fire from destroying his family as well as the worldï¿ 1/2(TM)s newest and tallest building. read the whole review at

Philip Price
Philip Price

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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.

Brendan Nicholls
Brendan Nicholls

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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-

Nate Zoebl
Nate Zoebl

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When you see that Dwayne Johnson is headlining a movie, your first thought shouldn't be to think that it has awards potential. Sure, he may decide to switch up his career as he gets older, but he loves choosing films that play it safe and entertain his audience in a pleasing way. He knows his audience and he plays the same character well every time. Watching the trailers for Skyscraper, I knew exactly what to expect from this movie, and although there's definitely more heart to the movie than I was expecting, if you've seen the trailers and predict the way this film plays out in your head, you've pretty much already seen it. Skyscraper is a disposable action flick, but it's absolutely worth a watch and here's why. The premise is very simple; an ex-military operative has lost his leg in an explosion and now owns a security company and wishes to be in touch with the people who are about to finish constructing the tallest building in the world. With a unique design, many things can and will go wrong. Thrust into action once evil men take over the building, he must find a way through the building and back to his family, who are held hostage. The plot plays out from there exactly how you think it would, but it's the particular moments that will thrill audiences and the devotion that Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson) has to his family. It seems like I'm beating a dead horse in stating that this film is elevated by the charisma of Johnson, but it truly is. Not only is he as likable as ever, but he takes on a more dramatic role here, leaving out a lot of the comedy. He and Neve Campbell (who plays his wife Sarah) have surprisingly solid chemistry here and that aspect of this particular film is what had me wanting to root for him to succeed. That being said, if you're hoping this film isn't quite like the promotional material and that it takes itself a little more seriously than having its leading man jumping from a crane onto the tallest building in the world, then this definitely won't impress you all that much. The one drawback to this movie, in my opinion, was the over-the-top set pieces. This movie decides to take itself very seriously at times and the performances work very well in that respect, but when you have a man dangling outside of a building, with nothing but a rope and wrapped prosthetic leg keeping him alive, the notion of "suspension of disbelief" only goes so far to save it. Many viewers may find the set pieces to be incredibly entertaining (I surely did), but I found they didn't particularly mesh with the movie that was being told. This film tries to reach the levels that the original Die Hard did, and for that reason alone, the ridiculous action slightly took away from the experience. In the end, Skyscraper delivers on pretty much everything it promises and even adds a layer of emotion when looking at the family dynamic. Director Rawson Marshall Thurber knows how to make a fun action movie and that's exactly the word I would use to describe a movie like this. It almost seems cliche to call a movie like Skyscraper "fun," but that's the best word to describe this movie without sounding negative. It's about as derivative and generic as action movies come, but it pulls everything off pretty well, making for a solid watch. It's not going to win any standing ovations, but it will surely serve as a fun blockbuster to see this summer. If you're looking for an easy watch at the movies, I'd recommending checking out Skyscraper.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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