Cinema Spotlight: Skyscraper
Review by Claire Hoenecke
Skyscraper is a surprisingly enjoyable film packed with suspenseful action from start to finish.
The action movie follows Dwayne Johnson’s Will Sawyer, a former SWAT team member with a prosthetic leg, who has been hired to assess the security system of the world’s largest building. The fictional Skyscraper is soon set ablaze by a band of criminals and Will Sawyer must rescue his family who is still trapped high up in the building.
The film has a basic plot, but the cast and crew execute it well. The titular skyscraper presents Will Sawyer with a unique set of obstacles that he must overcome to rescue his family. Each action sequence is genuinely suspenseful even though the events of the film are predictable.
There is nothing spectacular about the movie that makes Skyscraper stand out, but it is a truly fun action movie. However, Skyscraper is its own movie. It is not connected to another franchise. There is nothing that you need to see or to understand before watching this movie. It is one of the few films currently in theatres that you can walk in completely blind to and watch without missing anything. With nearly every other blockbuster being a sequel or a remake, it is truly refreshing to watch something that stands alone.
Skyscraper is rated PG-13 for sequences of gun violence and action, and for brief strong language.