Review: Skyscraper - One man show

By A Harsha Vardhan Published on Jul 20, 2018 11:41 AM IST

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson fights, leaps and walks through fire in 'Skyscraper'

In the '90s, Hollywood churned out glorious one-man cult action flicks like Die Hard, Rambo and Commando which had immensely enjoyable logic-busting action scenes. But today, the viewer's tastes have changed, thereby bringing down the release numbers of such type of flicks.

However, if there is one actor in Hollywood today who can pull off physics-defying action sequences on screen and not look foolish, it is Dwayne Johnson (The Rock).

Utilising this, director Rawson Marshall Thurber in his latest flick- 'Skyscraper' has structured the entire movie to ride on the capable shoulders of The Rock.

The movie follows former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader Will Sawyer (Dwayne 'The Rock'Johnson). A bomb explosion during one of his missions costs him his leg.

Now working as an independent expert who assesses the security and safety of skyscrapers, he is given a mission in China to assess a futuristic, recently built, tallest building in the world.

When Will goes outside the building, unknown members set ablaze a floor somewhere in the middle of the skyscraper with Will's family still stuck inside.

Meanwhile, he gets framed for the fire and is hunted by the police. How Will enters the skyscraper, takes his family above the line of fire and clears his name is the story.

The concept of 'Skyscraper'- setting an action thriller in the tallest building in the world, is very interesting.

There are a few expertly crafted heart-stopping scenes in Skyscraper, but they're surrounded by shallow material that robs the sheen of the movie. But, viewers willing to wait for the good parts will be entertained. The CGI work is worthy of a praise for showing many vertigo-inducing moments from the top of the skyscraper.

Dwayne Johnson, the anchor of the film, is basically shown as a superhuman and the fault lies here, as it feels as if there is not much at stake. In movies like the Die Hard, which Skyscraper tries to emulate, Bruce Willis felt like an ordinary guy solving an extraordinary problem and appeal of the film stemmed from there.

Skyscraper has the potential to be one of the best cult action flick of this decade. But sadly, it remains a potential and doesn't translate on-screen. However, as a standalone all brawn no brain action film, 'Skyscraper' is a must watch in theatres that everyone will enjoy.