Skyscraper is a 2018 American action film written, co-produced, and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. It stars Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Roland Moller, Noah Taylor, Byron Mann, Pablo Schreiber, and Hannah Quinlivan. The story follows a former FBI agent who must rescue his family from a newly built skyscraper, the tallest in the world after it is taken over by terrorists.
“Skyscraper” opens with a hostage situation in which former FBI operative, Will Sawyer losses his leg and several teammates but gained a combat-surgeon wife (Neve Campbell) who happens to be on duty when they brought him in. A decade later, Sawyer is a security consultant and is hired by Hong Kong developer Zhao Long Ji (Singaporean star Chin Han) to protect “the Pearl,” billed as “the safest super-tall structure” in the world, three times the height of the Empire State Building. Sawyer points out the loops in the building which his boss ignores.
His suspicions are confirmed when terrorists purposefully set the 240 story building on fire in order to get at a flash drive locked away in the billionaire’s penthouse on top. It seems like an awful lot of trouble for a heist, and yet, it’s nothing compared with the extravagant lengths Dwayne Johnson’s character, Will Sawyer will go to, to save his family, who are trapped inside.
Sawyer pulls himself up 100 or so stories on a construction crane and leaps across a 40 feet chasm to an open window, somehow finding the upper body strength to pull himself through the crumbling ledge. Through all of this, Sawyer is missing a leg, which makes it that much more insane to watch him running and jumping and karate-kicking.
Deliciously ludicrous is how critics describe it. Regardless of how implausible it seems, some scenes got eruptive applause from the Los Angeles press screening, which just goes to show that suspension of disbelief doesn’t stand in the way of appreciating stunts.
No doubt, it still stands as an exciting watch on a soft cushioned cinema hall, popcorn in hand.