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Skyscraper  : The Towering Inferno Re-visited
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Friday, July 20, 2018
Rawson Marshall Thurber
Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Roland Møller

When The Pearl, the biggest skyscraper of them all, is ready to be thrown open in Hong Kong, get ready for the mother of all fires.


Special Agent Will Sawyer called it a day ten years ago, after a hostage situation went terribly wrong and his legs were blown up too. But the good part was that the hospital was where he met surgeon Sarah, his wife and the mother of his twin children.  


Writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber ensures that there’s enough mush to show how much his family means to Will.


When an old colleague fixes up a security assignment for him in billionaire Zhao Long Ji’s tallest building in the world, the Sawyers are comfortably housed on the 96th floor before it’s ready for all the other residents to move in.


But it turns out that Will has been set up and the building goes up in flames, his family is caught on the 96th floor and he’s accused of being the man behind the big crime.


With hordes of people watching and rooting from below, Will Sawyer scales the building to rescue his family, fight the fire and the baddies, unravel the conspiracy and clear his name.


Thurber’s writing and narration are like a revisit to the 70s’ blockbuster The Towering Inferno with multi-mirror images like Enter The Dragon and bits of Die Hard and Mission Impossible thrown in.      


One of those adventure thrillers that make average viewing for a lazy day when there’s nothing better to do, Skyscraper really doesn’t have anything new to offer. Except for some nail-biting, improbable action that’s possible because of sophisticated computer graphics available today. The action which is the major part of the narrative comes with the territory when Dwayne Johnson is the man on the scene.


Neve Campbell as wife Sarah also gets a couple of moments of action, never mind if she walks the plank 100 dizzy storeys up there in her heels.


The dialogues match the banal screenplay. A sample line: Sawyer telling his kid, ‘In order to be brave, you gotta be a little scared.’ Write me another, Thurber.


Verdict: For an adventure film that merrily borrows from several old hits, Skyscraper gets a 2* rating. 


Direction: 2.5/5
Story: 1.5/5

Screenplay: 2/5
Dialogues: 1/5

Music: 2/5


Reviewed by

Bharathi S Pradhan
Senior Journalist &Author



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