Skyscraper the latest film released featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson with a storyline similar to 29-Year-old Film Die Hard, today I give my thoughts and views on this film I watched at the weekend in detail.
So skyscraper was released in Cinemas 13th July and has been Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber who has also directed films like Dodgeball, We’re The Millers and Central Intelligence which also featured Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
With a big casting to feature in this movie with actors like:
- Neve Campbell (Scream, House of Cards)
- Chin Han (The Dark Knight, Ghost in the Shell as well as voicing Sonny in Sleeping Dogs)
- Roland Møller (Atomic Blonde)
- Noah Taylor (Game of Thrones, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider)
- Byron Mann (The Big Short, Arrow)
- Pablo Schreiber (The Wire, Orange is the New Black)
- Hannah Quinlivan (Actress and model with her Debut Big Screen Film)
And of course most of all Dwayne Johnson which has been in many films and Television programs mainly known for his work in Fast and Furious Franchise and his Tv work for Ballers.
So with a big casting being used, you would think the Budget of this film was big as well and it was with it bill standing at roughly $125 Million Dollars but already making $65 Million in its first week resulting in this becoming a successful film.
Asian investors led by a high-level financier have financed the construction of the world’s tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong which they call “The Pearl” standing at 3,500 feet (1,100 m) and 225 stories tall.
Meanwhile, a former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson) now assess security for skyscrapers. Although having one leg amputated from the knee down from a previous mission, he is fitted with a modern prosthetic leg which keeps him fully ambulatory and capable of walking and running. He is tasked with inspecting “The Pearl,” which houses several floors that function as their own society, and despite numerous risks highlighted by Sawyer, his bosses insist that it is impenetrable.
One night soon after, Botha and his team of terrorists ignite the 96th floor of the building blocking access to all higher floors and knocking out the computer controlled advanced fire extinguishing hardware which was meticulously constructed throughout the skyscraper. The intense flames cause an impenetrable fire line on the 96th floor cutting off all rescue operations from below to assist survivors on the upper floors.
Sawyer, knowing that his family is trapped on the floors directly above the blazing fire, begins his ascent of the building to save his wife, Sarah (Neve Campbell), and their two children Georgia and Henry.
Upon nearly reaching the 96th floor, Sawyer decides his only hope is to now scale the building from the outside by climbing up the girders and columns left exposed by the terrorist’s sabotaging of the building and makes it to his family. They become partially separated in the chaos of the growing fire which is spreading to higher floors, but Sawyer manages to get Sarah and Henry to a partially functioning elevator.
Sarah and Henry use the elevator for a free-fall escape with the plan to engage the emergency stopping brakes to reach the ground safely. Upon reaching the ground floor, Sarah helps the police identify Botha as the main suspect and culprit. Sarah then explains to the police that she saw the terrorists wearing equipment which resembled extreme sports parachutes which explained how the terrorists planned to escape from the blazing skyscraper after stealing back the memory disc drive containing the incriminating information on them and their money laundering operations.
When Sawyer finally locates Georgia, she has been abducted by Botha who uses her to negotiate his own escape from Sawyer and the surviving high finance officer left in the building.
Sawyer then has to override the door controls to gain access to the room where the memory disc is being stored and the only controls left to do so is being the air vends that are still running which results in Sawyer Absailing behind them to shut it down.
Meanwhile, Sarah, who had taken his phone prior to her elevator escape with her son, has discovered that Sawyer had downloaded the security control plans for the building onto his tablet when he was previously inspecting the security plan of the skyscraper. She discovers that she can over-ride the shutdown of the high-tech fire extinguishing capability built into the skyscraper by reloading the entire software and rebooting the computer system. The reboot is successful and the fire is rapidly brought under control. Sawyer and Georgia reunite with Sarah and Henry before leaving the premises.
My Thoughts and Views?…
Okay so I thought the film was entertaining me and a friend went to the cinema to watch this in 3D which was a bit of a let down as there was hardly any 3D in this film it was all at the beginning of the film with the titles and the skyscraper but after that there just wasn’t any 3D.
The story – well come on, its 29 years since Die Hard and it is basically the same just changed a little so there is no infringement towards the film the promotional team for this film even did a poster for the film exactly like Die Hard as everyone was saying it.
In my opinion, as Deadpool would say “That’s Just Lazy Writing”
Also, another thing I don’t get is why make the rating as 12A this film could have been so much better and had more violence and action in it if it was an 18 I just don’t see why they watered it down unless they wanted to make as much money as they could by letting most ages into the film.
However, on a good note, the CGI for Dwayne’s prosthetic leg for his character in the film I thought was very good they made it look real and gotta give credit for that.
I enjoyed the film but with every scene, you could see they have stolen ideas from other films especially fight scenes and gunfights but also if just felt like lazy writing throughout the film.
Anyway here are the Pros and Con’s.
- Good CGI
- Good Casting
- Some good Action
- Kept me Entertained
- Lazy Writing (Die Hard Copy)
- Age rating should be 18 (Would Allow more in the film)
- 3D for the film was awful
- Should of spend more time writing the story
With this, all said I’m going to give this Film a 2/5 Stars, It could have been better it’s not the worst film I’ve seen and it kept me entertained but I believe more time should have been used to produce a better storyline and not an alternative version of Die Hard.
What did you think of the film? Or want to discuss the film?
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And thanks for reading! For people who haven’t seen the Film the trailer is below.