It’s funny how a film can be panned by critics and loved by the average punter, and this is very evident with Skyscraper. In fact I avoided going to see it at the cinema because I knew it would be stupid.
So why then did I get a copy on BluRay for review? Because sometimes stupid is what is required, and no one quite does stupid as good as Dwayne Johnson. And this is where sometimes critics miss the point. Skyscraper is supposed to be stupid. At least I hope it is.
I mean I could write a massive post about all the plot holes, the unrealistic and inhuman feats, and how predictable the whole thing is. and don’t get me started on how somethings are so stupid and only there for future plot direction. I could even tell you how much of a mess the film is.
But I’d rather tell you that it also stars Orange Is The New Black’s George “Pornstache” Mendez, played by Pablo Schreiber who I only just realised is Liev Schreiber’s brother. Yes I know, I’m slow on the uptake sometimes. And who doesn’t love to see Pornstache playing a different role? Although (and spoiler warning, but to be honest you can spot it a mile off) he does seem to be typecast as the bad person in his post Orange films roles.
But back to Dwayne the one legged ex-FBI agent now security specialist, who just happens to be helping with security on the soon to be fully operational worlds tallest skyscraper. You’ve seen the trailer right, well that really is the film in a nutshell. Johnson’s on screen family get stuck above the fire line when bad people set fire to the gigantic skyscraper, so naturally Dwayne goes all one man army to get them back.
Luckily the action is thick and fast so you don’t get time to ponder the ridiculous stunts for long, and you get kept fairly well entertained for the duration.
And that’s the main thing right? Entertained.
But just remember, and it’s the same with all types of films, you have to be in the mood for the film you want to watch. So if dumb and stupid is what you want, Dwayne is your man.
Rating: M Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. NOTE: Violence & offensive language.