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FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Sawyer now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in Hong Kong he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he's been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who are trapped inside the building...above the fire line.
Action Crime Drama - This is an action/disaster film that is a big showcase for Dwayne
Johnson. Neve Campbell also has a substantial supporting role.
Language is minimal and the violence is largely bloodless, but there
are some action sequences that could be too intense for young children.
Roger EbertFull Review Above Average ...it's a mindless mash-up of "Die Hard” and "The Towering Inferno”: just intense enough to provide a much-needed diversion, just lightweight enough to make you forget about it soon after it's over. It's not exactly "good,” per se, but it does what it sets out to do in terms of putting us on edge, which makes it … successful?
NY PostFull Review Poor The whole film feels as if it's on autopilot, or maybe written by artificial intelligence that's been fed a steady diet of the "Die Hard” oeuvre, "Speed,” "Das Boot” and, I'm guessing, "The Towering Inferno.” But like most AI facsimiles, this one can't come up with anything memorably human.
Rolling StoneFull Review Average ...stripped of his cocked-eyebrow charm, Johnson's performance simply comes off as humorless in a movie that keeps getting inherently more ridiculous. Right note, wrong song. This is the sort of thing that requires classic Rock, not an experimental but-what-if-I-maybe-acted-like-this-was-Sophie's-Choice? Rock.
Rex ReedFull Review Above Average As an amped-up, brains-free nostalgia piece, the film largely works. While the story it tells gets no points for originality (this is essentially Die Hard, only the family is in the building with him), the film tweaks the tropes it depends on just enough to keep you engaged.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 80 moviegoers:
TEENS: Two males loved "Skyscraper." One rated it "average" and one didn't care much for it.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: All 6 males loved it, as did 4 of the 6 females. The remaining 2 ladies rated it "above average," which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much.
ADULTS: The male and female reviews are very similar. Sixty-percent loved "Skyscraper," with another 30% to 35% indicating that they enjoyed it very much. Only a small percentage rated it as low as "average."