Skyscraper is a 2018 American action film written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, and starring Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Roland Møller, Noah Taylor, Byron Mann, Pablo Schreiber and Hannah Quinlivan. If you have watched Die Hard, you will get a familiar feeling while watching this movie. It basically is Die Hard with updated techology, way too many cliches and 1/3rd the charm. Maybe even less.
10 years ago, U.S. Marine war veteran and FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader, Will Sawyer (why does every single role of Johnson always has his as a war veteran) is badly injured in an explosion set off by an unstable abusive father who was threatening his own family. Will loses one of his legs and is operated on by a surgeon, Sarah, who later becomes his wife. He retires from the FBI and starts his own company which assess the security for large skyscrapers. Fitted with a modern prosthetic leg he has full mobility and has two kids, twins Georgia and Henry.
Wealthy Chinese financier and entrepreneur Zhao Long Ji has funded the construction of the world’s tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong, standing at 3,500 feet (1,100 m) and 225 stories tall, which they call “The Pearl”. Although the building is structurally complete, the construction process has been not without complications and the building has yet to be opened to the public.awyer confirms to Zhao, security directors Ajani Okeke and Sawyer’s friend and fellow ex-FBI agent Ben Gillespie, and insurance executive Mr. Pierce, that the building’s fire and security systems are secure, but he needs to inspect the offsite security center that controls the system. Zhao then hands Sawyer a tablet computer that gives full administrative access to The Pearl’s computer systems that can only be unlocked by facial recognition.
As expected, Ben is seeking revenge and has conspired with Kores Botha, an international terrorist to forcefully get the tablet from Will and take over the building. The Pearl is infiltraded and as his wife & kids are in there, Will must fight the whole team of terrorists and save them. Sarah is no slouch in fighting either (though why the good doctor is like also a martial arts asskicking gal is beyond me) and in the end they are able to save the two kids and reunite as a family. Even the final scene with the family hugging and the Hong Kong Police Force Response team chief congratulating Will screams Die Hard.
This is another one of those big block buster explosion fest filled with cheesy scenes and dialogues fit for Dwayne. He is a one-man industry for these kinda movies. Nice to see Neve Campbell in a big budget movie again and she looks great. Movie gets a 6 outta 10 from me.