SKYSCRAPER is an acrophobic’s worst nightmare made into film. But whether you are afraid of heights or not, I am sure that this film will give you some thrills and chills.
The film tells the story of Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson), a former FBI hostage rescue team leader who after an accident that took out one of his leg now works as building security assessor. On assignment in what is supposed to be the tallest, most modern and self-sustaining building in the world, he finds himself hunted by Hong Kong police when the building suddenly caught on fire. To make matters worst, her family were trapped inside the burning building and in a crossfire between the wealthy owners and a fully-armed criminal syndicate.
His mission now is to get in, save his family, get out fast. Now, how?
Thanks to SM Cinema, I was able to watch SKYSCRAPER last Monday (July 9) at the new and more comfortable Cinema 7 of SM Mall of Asia and 3 days before its scheduled Philippine release, which is today – July 11.
Now, if you have a tremendous fear of heights like me, this could be your worst nightmare made more visual and on screen. I have not watch this on IMAX 3D so I am not sure if the experience is even more thrilling with the glasses on – but I think that it’s going to be.
Sadly, for us acrophobics, there is not a single character in SKYSCRAPER that we can adapt to. Everyone seems to be okay with the heights so that might have lessen the excitement for me. Plus Dwayne makes it look very easy hanging down a broken ledge or jumping over a tower crane onto a burning building that is twice the size of Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
However, there are moments there that kinda gave you the idea that “The Rock” is not that invincible.
Speaking of Dwayne Johnson, not sure if it’s a good thing that he’s stuck with roles that is usually described as a former this or that and attached to an upcoming mayhem or a disaster like in RAMPAGE. Well at least, he appears to be like he’s on the same status as Samuel Jackson in the film industry – these guys are very much in demand.
Back to the film, I don’t agree that it should be compared to Bruce Willis’ Die Hard – I think that Die Hard still has a more meaningful plot than SKYSCRAPER. Yes, this film is somewhat derivative but it is still very entertaining to watch.
It’s not going to be a towering blockbuster full length action feature that will stick to the hearts and minds of viewers but it does have its awesome spine-tingling moments.
SKYSCRAPER is directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Dodgeball, We’re The Millers, Central Intelligence) and also stars Neve Campbell (Sarah), Chin Han (Zhao Long Ji), Noah Taylor, Rolland Moller, Pablo Schreiber and Byron Mann.