Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Noah Taylor, Ng Chin Han, Pablo Schreiber
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Rating: * * *
An unoriginal plot is saved by an exemplary character, ex-U.S. military security expert in this action thriller disaster flick where the titular structure is the agency for much of the adrenaline-charged action. The principal character Will Sawyer is a U.S. war vet turned FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader who is forced to retire after a mission goes wrong and results in grave physical impairment.
Equipped with a prosthetic leg, he diverts into the security business, to rack up a top dollar client: The world’s highest building whose lower floors are leased to offices whereas occupancy in the higher floors comprising residential apartments have been stalled by insurers.
However, Zhao Long Ji (Chin Han), the billionaire owner of this Pearl of great price makes special arrangements for Sawyer’s wife Sarah (Neve Campbell) and kids Georgia (McKenna Roberts) and Henry (Noah Cottrell) to stay in an empty flat while he conducts the mandated insurance assessment.
Notwithstanding the implausible plot, the big budget, visually splendid “Skyscraper” is entertaining thanks to high octane action sequences and special effects.Johnson, of course,never disappoints and carries the film on his broad shoulders.