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July 18, 2018

Skyscraper (2018) --- "Watch How This Guy Scales The Worlds Tallest Building To Save His Family. But Remember: Don't Look Down."

Plot Summary
Former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Ford now assesses security for skyscrapers. He's on assignment in China when he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he's been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family, which is trapped inside the building, above the fire line. (1)

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Hello, Movie Buffs! 
     Disaster films and action films go hand in hand but most of the time they center around a natural disaster of some kind - 2012 (2010), San Andreas (2015), Dante’s Peak (1997), Posedion (2006), and more. Skyscraper (2018) is an adrenaline rush and a new twist in the disaster, action film genre with a Die-Hard-style that will hopefully bring in big bucks at the box office.

     As the story’s scheme continues the suspense builds and evolves in an incredible way. While the majority of the story is simple and in a couple instances predictable, the film also manages to remain grounded to the real world than expected. Gravity (2013) and The Walk (2015) are but a few films that are successful in using large amounts of special effects, and now Skyscraper can be added to that list. The visuals here are breathtaking. The “Pearl” is a building that contains a mini city and will exist within the near future, for countries with a higher ratio of population to land mass – like China, Japan, India, and Brazil. The action also helps keep the story believable in that the characters actually suffer every time they take a hit. All of these aspects make the film believable and produce an adaptive plot, however, there were a few issues to point out.
     The story focuses heavily on the family aspect without much backstory given to the villains. I think if it flip-flopped more between the main character’s everyday life with his family and the villains building up to their big heist would have made the story even more interesting. Also while the film pays homage to Die Hard with its style, the film tends to go overboard in its delivery.
     On a positive note, the cast performances were great. Once again Dwayne Johnson (Rampage) delivers with another macho-man role and proves that he is a great action star. Neve Campbell (Scream films) is refreshing as the wife, who is not your typical damsel-in-distress and proves to be more capable in holding her own against the bad guys. And her chemistry with Johnson is great. Chin Han (Marco Polo and Independence Day: Resurgence) was good as the “Pearl’s” owner and proved to also be able to hold his own against the bad guys, which was also a refreshing sight from the spineless billionaires-in-distress. Roland Moller (The Commuter; Atomic Blonde) is good as the main villain with Pablo Schreiber (Den of Thieves), Noah Taylor (Edge of Tomorrow) and more playing his lackeys.

     Overall, Skyscraper (2018) is an entertaining and thrilling film to see. The story, despite a few issues, is relevant, the visuals are breathtakingly real, the action is believable, and character performances deliver overall. If you are a fan of Die Hard or Towing Inferno then you will want to watch this film. I highly recommend this film.
"Welcome to Heaven."
- Zhao Long Ji

Final Vote
Worth Seeing:  7 of 10 star
Worth Buying:  7 of 10 stars

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