Noob Reviews: Skyscraper
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Skyscraper?
Released in 2018, this rip-roaring action film follows the actions of a retired U.S. Marine and FBI Hostage Rescue Team member turned private security contractor as he races to save his family from one of the world’s largest buildings as it burns.
Will Sawyer is a private security contractor and a prosthetic user who lost his left leg below the knee after a hostage-taker blew himself up, taking Will and Will’s team with him, many either not making it or sustaining severe injuries. However, coming from a military background, driven and focused - Will marries Sarah (a U.S. Navy surgeon) and had two children before starting his own private security business which is currently in negotiations with Zhao Long Ji. A wealthy Chinese technical entrepreneur who has built an enormous skyscraper in Hong Kong called The Pearl. If successful, the talks will see Will handle all security and safety aspects of the running of the site (a multi-million dollar contract).
Unfortunately, unbeknownst to Will and those beneath Zhao, Zhao was approached by Kores Botha, a Scandinavian mercenary who (along with his team of mercenaries) works for the highest bidder, and extorted Zhao during the tower’s construction. Not only was the money paid, but Zhao managed to track every bank account, the payment went through and collected bank details on every one of Kores’ clients. When it is discovered that Zhao has all of their information, those clients have demanded that Zhao be silenced and the data be destroyed before it can fall into the hands of the authorities.
Under the guise of a raging inferno, started by Kores and his team, high up in The Pearl. Kores and his team storm the upper floors of the building to secure the information and silence Zhao. Unfortunately for them, Will’s family are still in the building after the youngest becomes ill and they have to return home early from a day trip out. And Will is returning from a business meeting when the fire begins. As Will’s family fight for survival and a way to escape the tower. Will, mistaken as a conspirator in the fire (hinted at been arson/an insurance claim by the police) must not only reach and rescue his family but avoid Kores’ associates outside of the tower and the police as they seek to bring him into custody for questioning.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- Official trailer linked from Universal Pictures’ YouTube channel -
You can also find the listing on Amazon here.
When did it come out?
Skyscraper was released in July 2018.
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
Byron Mann (Inspector Wu)
Chin Han (Zhao Long Ji)
Dwayne Johnson (Will Sawyer)
Neve Campbell (Sarah Sawyer)
Noah Taylor (Mr Pierce)
Roland Møller (Kores Botha)
For a full cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What did you think of Skyscraper?
When I first saw the trailer and started watching Skyscraper, it gave me a lot of Die Hard vibes and instantly made me think of the Nakatomi Plaza from Die Hard (the original 1988 film). And then there were a few other bits and pieces that seemed to be a nod towards a 1975 film called The Towering Inferno - all leading me to believe that the story would be a clone of those two and in some ways, it was, unfortunately. Terrorists storm a building, massive uncontrollable fire, loved ones at risk of fire and terrorists. It all felt very samey with very few details that really made the story stand out.
Although the story was a bit of a letdown, on the flip side, the delivery and casting were not. The actors and actresses took what they were given to work with and put their own unique twists on things. I found Will Sawyer’s character to be a great character. Determined. Driven. And a prosthetic user. He was able to persevere, overcome and dominated the screen time when he was present. Sarah Sawyer was also the all or nothing protective mother who puts her children before herself. And Roland Møller as Kores Botha really gave me chills. His balance of professional and merciless was really on point. Now at this point you may say ‘but Noob, why are you not moaning about the support characters?.’ Honestly, all of the acting was done really well, whether it be the police officers trying to restrain Dwayne Johnson, Byron Mann as Inspector Wu or Hanna Quinlivan as Xia - who handles Kores Botha’s operation outside of the tower. They all put their all into it. Admittedly the hacker Matt O’Leary portrayed was dull and would have been no significant loss if missed out of the film altogether, but he is only present for a short amount of time.
When it comes to the stunts, choreography and action sequences, I must admit as someone who does not like heights, they really gave me the nerves because they felt so real (and high up). The fight sequences were well planned out and executed, and the action sequences were seamless with events going on around them.
All in all, it is a shame there was not more effort put into the story to truly make it stand out, but a thoroughly enjoyable film that I would definitely recommend giving a watch.
What rating would you give Skyscraper?
I would give Skyscraper a rating of 4.4 out of 5 bananas.
Although let down by the story, Skyscraper is an action-packed adventure of survival, loyalty and revenge that will put a spark into the imagination of those that watch. With action sequences and stunts that will stay with you for days after watching and many memorable quotes - I would highly recommend giving Skyscraper a watch.
Thank you very much for checking out the review, and if you are interested in Skyscraper and would like to check it out for yourself, to form your own opinion, you can check it out here.