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What do you get when you mix a 1970’s disaster film with a 1980’s-style action blockbuster? ‘Skyscraper’ is the answer with its blending of ‘The Towering Inferno’ and ‘Die Hard’ - a lethal combination. It helps as those two movies were box office titans with the producers of ‘Skyscraper’ seemingly hoping for similar rewards. It doesn’t do the skyscraper business any good as those prone to vertigo would be wise to avoid the scary visions ‘Skyscraper’ offers. As yet another high-octane vehicle for Dwayne Johnson it should appeal to his admirers with his stoic stature more solid than the building in which he battles.

Former FBI Agent Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson) lives with his family in the world’s tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong. Working as its security guard, Will stays alert for any signs of danger. Trouble surfaces when terrorists attack the enormous structure. Swiftly finding himself framed for it, Will must save his family and reputation before death claims more victims.

‘Skyscraper’ could almost write itself, so threadbare is the script. Ditto the acting which won’t haunt award season anytime soon. None of that matters as ‘Skyscraper’ exists as a vehicle for spectacle and dazzling action. ‘Skyscraper’ succeeds in both with Johnson’s commanding presence overcoming the enormous leaps of logic. The plot is as dumb as it gets but a lot of fun with some genuinely suspenseful sequences.

There’s no reason to go over the story or the performances as they are all as expected. The main appeal of ‘Skyscraper’ is the amazing CGI and inventive stunts. The direction and sound design generate several white-knuckle scenes with the D Grade dramatics and cheesy humour in full flight. Scholars of the genre will know exactly how things play out. Despite this, its familiarity helps ‘Skyscraper’s few surprises to be authentic with a cleverly scripted and tense finale.

Complete nonsense and silly in the extreme, ‘Skyscraper’ does what it says on the poster. It’s never dull and has a level of excitement and pacing that never lets up. You can’t take it too seriously but one has to remember to collect their brain when leaving the cinema as you won’t need one going in.

Rating out of 10: 6

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