By Marc S. Sanders
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson helms a film stuffed with beefcake, gusto, an artificial leg, and LOTS OF DUCT TAPE. Even his world-famous chest tattoo makes a cameo.
Skyscraper is his latest action piece, and it makes no bones about how absurd its set pieces and stunts are. This is a self-aware picture; self-aware of all its UN-likelihood. It has to be.
The writer of this piece, that is not a Die Hard ripoff, is Rawson Marshall Thurber (rolls off the tongue like Spielberg, Coppola and Scorsese) is also the director. I can almost promise this guy wrote this script in airport terminals and secluded library corners with his iPad knowing how out of control this hostage/burning building film would be and just laughed hysterically, like a mad scientist, as he typed. Heck, he probably took his old GI Joes out of the shoe box and used them to storyboard on the tall oak tree in his backyard. This guy should be given all jobs first considered for Michael Bay. He knows the audience will roll their eyes at everything they are seeing, and he goes even crazier with the next set piece.
MILD SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE TRAILERS:
It’s not enough that Johnson, with an artificial leg, can climb a sky high crane while a skyscraper (hence the title) blazes to pieces next to him. He then makes a ridiculous leap from said crane to said skyscraper through a broken window. What?!?!? It could happen!!!!! Same as you can put sticky duct tape on your hands and shoes, and climb the outside of the building with the same artificial leg, like Spider-Man.
So, what do you think reader? Did I like Skyscraper? You bet I did. The edits are sharp. I know The Rock isn’t going to perish, but when his hand slips from a ledge, you bet I jumped. I laughed with such glee at each moment of ridiculous suspense. I loved the badassery of Neve Campbell playing the reverse of a distressed damsel wife to Johnson.
On top of all that, this skyscraper, located in Hong Kong, and reportedly 5 times the size of the Empire State Building, is a gargantuan setting of the best technology. Known as The Pearl, this is one super cool building of over 220 floors plus a fun house hall of mirrors dome at the top. How that dome helps the world or even just the building beats the hell outta me. It’s just amazingly cool and that’s why it’s there.
So yes!!!! Go see Skyscraper. Throw your logic and snobby intolerance for the absurd off the roof and have a great time at the movies.