[Movie Review] Skyscraper; Too Dumb to be Fun

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Entering the summer holidays, cinemas are often filled with Hollywood blockbuster popcorn movies . These films generally prioritize suspenseful action, explosions, and often include a family element in order to attract as many people of any age as possible to watch. However, the main problem with this type of film is setting aside the story, which in the end leads to a lack of reason and the emergence of stupidity in order to build excitement.

The film, which was originally thought to be a ” Die Hard ” wannabe, tells the story of a former FBI member named Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson) who currently works as a security expert after experiencing an incident during his last assignment. This new profession brings Will and his wife (Neve Campbell) and their 2 children to Hong Kong to check the safety of The Pearl, the tallest building in the world which is said to be 3 times the height of the Empire State Building. Meanwhile, the building turns out to be the target of a criminal group led by Kores Botha (Roland Moller) who has personal affairs with the owner of The Pearl, Zhao Long Ji (Chin Han).

A film like Skyscraper is indeed a film whose main purpose is to be enjoyed and not thought about. The problem is how many ridiculous and strange-bin-magical events occur that the audience has given up and finally stopped enjoying. For me, Skyscraper has too many scenes that are difficult to believe, so that in the middle, I was a little less enjoying whatever was presented. As Dwayne Johnson’s character puts it when he’s about to do his senseless stunts, “This is stupid.”

As a director and scriptwriter, Rawson Marshall Thurber ( Central Intelligence , We’re the Millers ) from the start did not hesitate to immediately provide endless action treats. Chase, 1 on 1 action, jumping from one building to another, supporting the weight of a bridge to creeping action outside the building; all of which can increase the adrenaline for action movie lovers. But what started as a dumb fun spectacle turned into just a dumb spectacle .

It’s too naive if a film has to be completely reasonable, but if irregularities continue to occur it will reduce the enjoyment of watching a film. It’s okay to jump from building to building even though it’s a bit awkward but still a little acceptable. But when what I do is crawl outside buildings without the help of others and only use a rope and duct tape , I don’t feel like what I felt when I saw a similar scene in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol . Even when The Pearl’s super-sophisticated security can be easily breached by attacking a security center that seems to have no security and hacking an iPad, it feels too strange.

The appointment of Dwayne Johnson as the main character is actually a little bit helpful in providing the logic that everything that is done feels possible. Although he plays a person who loses one leg and has to wear a prosthetic leg, that doesn’t diminish the fact that he is one of the hottest action heroes in Hollywood right now. Moreover, the use of prosthetic legs is not a weakness that makes him an ordinary human, instead it becomes the ultimate weapon that can be disassembled quickly and appears indestructible. But unfortunately, apart from him, there are no more “commensurate” characters – including the villain – which makes this (again) a one-man show .

Although it can be said to be a Die Hard wannabe – even in some of the promo materials they use posters inspired by the film – Skyscraper doesn’t have what makes Die Hard one of the best action films to date. That’s why instead of closing this review with the catchphrase of the film Die Hard , I’ll close with a catchphrase similar to that expressed by Boyle in an episode of the Brooklyn Nine-Nine series , “yippie kayak, other buckets!”