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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Skyscraper - Movie Review

The Movie: Skyscraper

The Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber

The Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Roland Møller, Noah Taylor, Byron Mann, Pablo Schreiber, Hannah Quinlivan

The Story: A security expert must infiltrate a burning skyscraper, 225 stories above ground, when his family are trapped inside by criminals.

The Review:
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has not been shy about telling the world how this movie is his homage to both Die Hard and The Towering Inferno and that he has had high hopes that it will live up to the lofty standards those action classics have set. Unfortunately, going this route also adds inevitable comparisons that are quite frankly impossible to live up to so The Rock has created a massive hill to climb in setting such a high standard. Director Rawson Marshall Thurber, who worked with The Rock previously on Central Intelligence, does everything he can to deliver the big, explosive blockbuster and, for the most part, it's enough.

Even with all of the fancy special effects and crazy action sequences, the real show is The Rock and his larger than life personality. Johnson is the current top dog among action superstars and his performance in this movie gave me no reason to think otherwise. The rest of the cast is just sort of there with unremarkable performances that are only in place to give The Rock someone to talk to or fight with. By the end, the whole thing is fun and exciting but unfortunately a less than memorable movie going experience. With franchises like Marvel's cinematic universe and Mission Impossible constantly raising the bar on both action and story, The Rock needs to know his role and smell what they're cooking or he'll just keep receiving a box office smack down.

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