Former FBI Agent, Will, now assesses the security of skyscrapers from his garage office. Whilst working on the newest tower in Hong Kong, the skyscraper catches on fire and Will is being framed for it whilst is family are trapped half way up. Now he’s got to catch the bad guy, clear his name and save his family before everything is consumed.
Skyscraper was action packed and absolutely teeming with suspenseful scenes that left your heart racing and your bum on the edge of your seat. But was that enough to make it a worthwhile film?
The story follows an ex-FBI agent as he provides the all clear for the world’s largest skyscraper. As a part of the package, his family get to live in there for a while too. His ex-army squad member has helped him get the pitch but there’s something dodgy about him and lo and behold, he’s the beginning of the s***storm.
Some explosions go off and the skyscraper sets on fire and Will is led with the mental dilemna of waiting for the services to get his family or go and get them himself. Waiting for the services wouldn’t make for a good film, so of course he heads off where he ends up having to climb a super crane on the top of a smaller skyscraper.
Bearing in mind he has a prosthetic leg, this isn’t exactly an easy process. Nor does it get any easier when he has to leap from the edge of the crane and into the burning skyscraper. This received a lot of flak on social media and you can understand why, it’s so unbelievable! I love my family (maybe I’m not brave enough), but I can’t imagine anyone decided to make the most unrealistic jump in order to attempt to save their loved ones.
Dwayne Johnson then makes a series of mad, ridiculous and absolutely insane decisions that I can only say would be done by the most extreme adrenaline junkies! I’m not sure how dropping elevators and magnetic breaks work, but I’m 99% sure that when an elevator drops with nothing holding onto it, you don’t just simply stay stuck to the floor of the elevator nor would you be able to hold a child down and grab a handle and pull it. But by all means, prove me wrong as I really hate being this pessimistic about a film!
As mentioned earlier, the film was enjoyable if you don’t take it too seriously, and it was a really thrilling film, but it just lacked any relate-ability that I come to expect from films of this nature.