Thursday, July 12, 2018

Skyscraper - Movie Review (3.5/5 Stars)

By Hamza Shafique (Instagram / Facebook)

Dwayne Johnson is the highest paid actor in the world and there is a reason for that. His movies are all about having a good time and Skyscraper is no exception. Was the screenplay perfect? No, did plot make any sense? No, Were the action sequences logical? No, but did I have an amazing time at cinema? Yes, and this last Yes has the power to make one ignore all the other Nos.

Plot is simple, we have one giant skyscraper on fire and an equally giant human being dangling around it to save his family. Writer and director Rawson Marshall Thurber understands that audience is in cinema to see protagonist performing life threatening stunts and hence wastes no time in back story or character development. Screenplay is crisp and straight forward yet has a lot of margin to see our hero perform gravity defying stunts. There are a lot of cliched moments like kids saying gross when parents kiss etc., and loopholes are also in abundance in the plot, but Rawson’s direction covers for it really well. He turns this simple flawed screenplay into an entertaining experience and somewhat succeeds in connecting to the audience and make them feel the same level of excitement/danger as the protagonist.

Performances are ok. Dwayne Johnson as Will Sawyer, a former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and amputee, who now assesses security for skyscrapers, appears no less than a Marvel or DC super hero on screen. His persona and screen presence make character of Will Sawyer along with this whole show more believable. It’s a complete Dwayne Johnson’s show which leaves very little scope for the remaining cast, but they manage to register their presence as well.

Another refreshing aspect about Skyscraper is that its setup in Hong Kong. As an audience I am exhausted by seeing all the major US cities being destroyed/center of such films repeatedly. It’s about time film makers explore other cities.
This movie is designed to be experienced in IMAX 3D, because if you are afraid of heights like me than with proper IMAX 3D this film has the power to tick one’s vertigo and that was one sensation I never felt in the cinema before, I go with 3.5 stars

I would like to thanks Pradeep and Vox Cinemas for the Dubai Premiere and IMAX Sapphire experience, and making this review possible.

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