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‘Skyscraper’ Film Review: Dwayne Johnson’s Best Performance to Date

‘Skyscraper’ Film Review: Dwayne Johnson’s Best Performance to DateScore 80%Score 80%


Skyscraper has it all: humor, action, drama, adventure . . . it’s Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s best performance to date.

Johnson plays former FBI hostage rescue team leader Will Sawyer, who is looking for another shot in life, this time as a skyscraper security specialist.

Why not? It pays well; plenty of bacon for his wife Sarah (Neve Campbell, known from Netflix’s ‘House of Cards’) and their twins, Georgia (McKenna Roberts) and Henry (Noah Cottrell).

Neve Campbell plays Dr. Sarah Sawyer, wife to Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson). Picture: Universal Pictures

However, in movies, things seldom go according to the plans (except in very bad movies). Johnson soon faces half a dozen goons who want to burn down The Pearl, the tallest and safest building in the world, while hunting its owner, Zhao Long Ji (Chin Han, known for ‘The Dark Knight’). Thank’s to the top of the notch CGI and the 3D glasses, the experience feels as real as it gets.

There’s just one problem. Sarah, Georgia and Henry are trapped inside, and Johnson would tear down the Eiffel Tower—or a skyscraper—to save them.

Skyscraper was written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, who has worked with Johnson previously in Central Intelligence. With so many sequels appearing in cinemas this summer, Skyscraper is refreshingly an original script and fits a very well-written story in only 1 hour and 42 minutes.

Perhaps inspired by this, Johnson—known as the hardest working man in the room—goes all in giving us a look as fierce as Al Pacino’s in his prime without forgetting to balance it all with Johnson-ish, lighthearted humor.

Thurber wanted originally to direct Marvel’s Ant-Man. That didn’t happen so he decided to go for his own.

We are glad he did.

I’m sure, Johnson’s too.

‘Skyscraper’ premieres in cinemas July 13.

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