Published On: Wed, Jul 11th, 2018

Dwayne Johnson can’t save ‘Skyscraper’ from itself: a dumb, cliched knock off of ‘Die Hard’

“This is stupid,” says Dwayne Johnson as Will Sawyer, climbing back out on the ledge of the giant building in Skyscraper, his latest action film centering on a former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran now trapped in the middle of a hostage and violent take over of an amazing new building.

As the words grace the screen, the audience smiles and nods, because most of the film is indeed “stupid.”

Sawyer now assesses security for skyscrapers and has taken a job in China. This has been billed as the tallest, safest building in the world, but is suddenly under attack and his family is trapped inside of the fiery building. He is viewed as a threat by the police and engages in crazy stunts to enter the building and navigate the chaos.

Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central IntelligenceWe’re the Millers, Dodgeball) Skyscraper is a mess of a film, ripe for an attack from the Mystery Science Theater troupe. Riddled with cliche and plot holes, Johnson’s Will overcomes ridiculous circumstances with ridiculous actions.

Unlike Die Hard, nothing really changes for the main cast. Neve Campbell plays his spouse and is the highlight of the film in many ways with an otherwise forgettable cast: Chin Han, Noah Taylor, Roland Møller, Byron Mann, Pablo Schreiber, and Hannah Quinlivan.

The film is the product of Beau Flynn, a producer making thoughtless and inane films like Rampage, Baywatch, Hercules, San Andreas – riding the popularity of The Rock to build a career and wealth.

Just like most of Flynn’s work, Skyscraper is predictable, designed to be amusing, but never entertaining. It’s humorous at times, but never funny. Johnson defies physics, the effects of smoke and physical limitations to become the film’s superman.

Skyscraper earns 1 star out of 5 stars

The Rock’s charisma and physical strength can’t rescue the film, but add a half of star, a full star, depending on your love of the actor. The cliches are so bad, we could create a list, but I’ll leave that for the Rifftrax team.

About the Author

- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professional in 2008 on sites like Examiner and blogs: Desk of Brian, Crazed Fanboy. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) will be a licensed Assembly of God Pastor by the Spring of 2017. "Why do we do this?" I was asked and the answer is simple. "I just want the truth. I want a source of information that tells me what's going and clearly attempts to separate opinion from fact. Set aside left and right, old and young, just point to the world and say, 'Look!'" To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON


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