Another film from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson that falls in the 50 percent range on Rotten Tomatoes; starring him in a leading role that largely banks on his likability? We’ve got ourselves a short review, as the proper amount of words necessary is significantly lessened once The Rock becomes a films’ lead. I don’t mean to disparage the man’s talents, because he definitely is talented, but he’s the new Stallone; if you will.
Popcorn entertainment for the masses is what Hollywood specializes in, and as inflation increases and people spend more due to the lack of significance in the dollar, the numbers for these blockbuster releases increases. The Rock has been an entertaining figure since his WWE days, where his in-ring work remains quotable to this day; interestingly enough, Neve Campbell co-stars as his capable surgeon wife in this film. Astute readers will know The Rock’s ascent to superstardom began incredibly poorly as Rocky Maivia in November ’96, a month before the release of Scream; Campbell’s breakout film, when she played the character Sidney Prescott, the protagonist of the meta-horror film franchise. The first wave of Millennial nostalgia has now been entrenched in our media, and coincidentally, we’re seeing familiar faces pop up.
The plot is predictable; unable to move outside the constraints of The Rock’s typecast. Compelling moments are few and far between, but admittedly, as usual, The Rock’s likability carries much of the film’s generic plot and structure. Rawson Marshall Thurber steps away from his comedic work to bring us a standard family-friendly blockbuster. That’s not to say the action is lacking, as the director definitely has talent, and can block moments that genuinely bring you out of the movie-going experience and into the film, but when Universal is trying to get as much as they can from the late-summer blockbuster season after Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will clear over 1.2 billion dollars for them, you’re compromised on what you can do with a fairly limited screenplay, and acting set.
Would I recommend Skyscraper? Not really, unless you’re not opposed to seeing this film with a few beers in you and a cute date, or a night out with your significant other; I suppose. I’ve already alluded to the fact it’s cheap popcorn entertainment, I mean, they even establish two child actors and then remove the son as soon as possible since he’s clearly the lesser of the two child actors. How much more safe and predictable would you like your film, or rather, how many beers would you like to enjoy your film?