Reviews for Skyscraper ( 2018 ) 720p

The Towering Inferno with Die Hard

By: Claudio Carvalho
"Skyscraper" is an action-disaster movie with a sort of combination of "The Towering Inferno" and "Die Hard". The screenplay does not develop the characters well but it is breathless with funny action scenes. It also good to see Neve Campbell performing a supporting character but with important participation despite the absolute lack of chemistry with Dwayne Johnson. The plot is absurd but it is a good to see an action film with this type of exaggeration. The extinguishing effect of CO2 is based on the principle of lowering the oxygen content in the air to a value at which the combustion process cannot be sustained. Therefore it is hilarious to see the characters surviving after the release of CO2. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Arranha-Céu: Coragem Sem Limite" ("Skyscraper: Courage without Limit")

On the edge of my seat

By: somypig
Great movie! Kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Haven't watched such an exciting movie in ages. Thumbs up!

I don't understand the bad reviews.

By: akcrouch-739-989753
This movie was billed as an action/thriller. Period. And it delivered just that. I honestly don't understand how people give it a bad rating. If it was that bad to them, why did they even stay and watch it through? Every movie isn't made to win an Oscar (not that that makes something good anyway) nor does it need to have some feminist, LBGTQ, save the planet, hug a tree, anti-American, liberal agenda. Some movies are for entertainment. Most of the crap coming out of Hollywood nowadays have to have some deep thinking motive or be a comic book hero story. This movie is entertaining, fun, and it kept my wife, son, and myself on the edge of our seats from about 10 minutes in until the end. What's wrong with that? NOTHING!!!! Sometimes it's just fun to watch a movie and root for the good guys and be against the bad guys. I enjoyed it and highly recommend it. Don't read all the bad reviews and be dissuaded. Grab some popcorn, something cold to drink, and enjoy it for what it is, a fun action thriller.

Nice movie but the Plot is too good to be true

By: jazrie_edzuan
The Rock climbing up a building I can believe. But doing it with a prosthetic leg? C'mon. Not even a backstory of how fit he is from a previous life.

If The Rock isn't careful, he'll end up like Steven Seagal the 'you can't touch me' hero.

Sky-scraping The Barrel

By: southdavid
Contrived, would be my one word review of "Skyscraper". But that's probably not going to cut it, so I'll write some more.

The Rock plays Will Sawyer, a former FBI tactical officer, who has become a private security appraiser following a failed hostage rescue that results in him losing a lower limb. Several years after the incident, Will is asked by one of his former colleagues (Pablo Schrieber) to appraise the security of "The Pearl", the partially opened new tallest building in the world, built in Hong Kong by Chinese Billionaire Zhao Long Ji (Chin Han). Naturally, terrorists invade and Sawyer must somehow re-enter a building on lockdown (and fire) to rescue his family trapped on the higher floors.

Derivative, would the second word I'd add to a two word review of "Skyscraper". "Die Hard" is an obvious inspiration. As DJ breaks windows and swings out holding on to a thin rope and crashes into the windows further down. The villains are all Eastern European, for some reason, with the exception of Noah Taylor, who provides the English Baddie quota. The film also borrows liberally from the Mission Impossible sequence when Tom Cruise climbs on the outside of the Skyscraper. It's inferior to both of these films though. The Contrivance is difficult to explain without some spoilers so I'll just say there are two scenes "Turn it off and on again" and "Inside the Pearl" that couldn't be more "I AM FORESHADOWING HOW THE FILM WILL END" if they'd literally put that in subtitles on the screen and Dwayne had raised an eyebrow into the camera. It also all revolves around one character not going to Interpol straight away, with masses of evidence they have, and having all the criminal element in the film locked up before they can invade...but OK.

The Rock is as likable as ever, though I'm not sure I really bought his relationship with his wife (It's nice to see Neve Campbell getting non-Scream roles though). I'd have thought relationships between people and surgeons who worked on them would by and large be frowned upon, but whatever. Generally the CGI is pretty good, though the same can't be said for the director's choices when it came to framing and editing the fight sequences, they are truly awful. Everything is shot far too tight and editing too choppily, it's a blurry mess.

Hackneyed and sorely lacking in originality, "Skyscraper" is not worth your time.

Not bad for a copy movie

By: nayebishahin
Modern Die Hard with a lot of special effects.you can just stay at home and watch Die Hard once again and save money.

Not great but watchable

By: ruffrog
Not the Rock's best film but by no means his worst. Sure, it follows the Die Hard formula but they have redone it for the younger generation and it works.

Good but boring.

By: ostaabdelkarim
It's a good movie to watch with your friends, just to spend a night. Good, not great, I expected more. DO NOT compare this movie to die hard.

Not even The Rock can save this boring mess

By: jtindahouse
I was hoping 'Skyscraper' would be in the vein of 'Die Hard', a bad-ass, original and epic action movie where anything felt on the cards as a possibility. Instead it was pretty much the opposite of all of those things. 'The Rock' was given almost no opportunity to show off his undeniable charm. The script just hampered him in every way and left him as nothing more than a muscly guy who could do impressive stunts. But trust me, 'The Rock' is the least of the problems this film has.

The biggest gripe I have is just how dull it is. The film actually starts off with a pretty menacing villain and some violent and brutal killings. At this stage I had hope for the film, but all of that ended pretty abruptly and from that point onwards every bad guy in the film was unbelievably incompetent. The whole story arc plays out in about as cliche of a fashion as you could ever imagine. It's all very underwhelming and disappointing.

As for positives they are hard to come by. Some of the visuals are impressive and 'The Rock' does his best to keep things watchable despite being given absolutely no help. Otherwise though I would say this is a complete misfire and not worth anyone's time or money.

No Heroes?

By: r groth
Usually I like movies with "The Rock" - but this is lame. It has some good ideas but it is not thrilling. Noticeable: The biggist tower of Hongkong is burning and I saw no single fireman in the whole movie. That's Hollywood.

Unoriginal.

By: brattevictor
Skyscraper is just another Dwayne Johnson movie where he is a sole hero, passing through all stages of disaster, untouched, like a master gamer.

The movie employs a very desperate screen-writing filled with plot-holes and forced clichés that make the piteousness of the suffering characters appear ingenuine.

Story of the film repeated and normal movie

By: jsco5000
A nice film suitable for family watching, but I did not like the lack of strength of the story, but the simple story of a man protects his family from the criminals in the Tower of Honk kong. My only 5 rating for photography and directing is not for the story.

Snorefeast Deluxe

By: Movie-Inspector
To be honest I can't tell you how bad the movie really is - somewhere in the middle of the movie I fell asleep, even The Rock could not help that...

The story (as far I can tell) is one on auto-pilot and predictable like the taste of a piece of sugar, I am even suspicious that they just changed some names and places and reused an old script.

Hope The Rock does not make the same mistakes like Nicolas Cage and others - doing too many movies and on top bad ones, till people just get bored to see your face on screen...

the action is great... logic is not

By: runtran-90852
Well to admit i dont expect must from this movie but it turn out good. The Rock action is always great. The movie is realy thrilling i enjoy it. But there is alot plot holes in this movie, some time its kinda silly. But if you can put a side that, this movie is enjoyable

100% What You See is What You Get!

By: parduet77
Well, I was not expecting a Cannes Film Festival breakout, or Academy Award contender. To all those reviews that say the movie is cliched, predictable, just another Die Hard knock off... WTF were you expecting!?This movie delivered on the action, and the skyscraper was very, very cool!Yes the acting was not deep, but it was not bad either...The Rock looks great whatever he does, I mean come on people, Arnold and Stallone were not Shakespearean actors either!! I have seen literally hundreds of " Mediocre" action flicks, and this one ranks a point or two higher IMO. If you want to kick back and watch a mostly mindless, ridiculous, silly, and fun action movie, then you will enjoy this one.

If duct tape doesn't fix it...

By: lojitsu
"Skyscraper"Or: "The Rock does Die Hard"Genre: Action/Heist

Like it or not, Dwayne Johnson is the biggest action star (and I'm not just talking about is 275lb frame) out there right now. When you go to watch one of his movies, you can expect over the top action and not a whole lot of feelings. I'm still kind of surprised that in "San Andreas" he didn't just close the fault back up with his biceps or stop the earthquake with his pecs. This being the era of The Rock, we see Johnson in at least 2 or 3 movies a year...Skyscraper being the 3rd I've seen in 2018. While I wait with teeth grinding anticipation for the "Big Trouble in Little China" reboot, let's get the Lowedown on Skyscraper with an aspect breakdown.

Cast=7Dwayne Johnson is worth three points for his biceps alone...I know I went to the theater just cause I knew he's in it. Neve Campbell returns to the silver screen as the wife and earns two points...then Chin Han and Byron Mann earn one point each. This was enough to earn seven points out of the gate.Acting=7The acting was actually pretty good across the board...I would probably award five points if Neve Campbell wasn't in this movie. Campbell still has the chops and really stole the show from an acting standpoint. I will have to add a couple points just for her...so that would make seven points here too.Plot=8A security expert must infiltrate a burning skyscraper, 225 stories above ground, when his family are trapped inside by criminals. Ok...it's really "Die Hard" only with a bigger building and a bigger hero. Did that make it better? Not by a long shot...but it was a simple concept that allows for little need for character development. Eight points for plot...yay!Ending=8The biggest thing I want in an ending is closure. But from an action movie, I want the most epic action at the end than the rest of the film. I definitely got the action and the closure...the foreshadowing made the ending predictable, so I can't give full points. Let's say eight points for the ending...Story=5I was not a fan of the story...they left a lot of hole just to try to explain what Johnson did and why the bad guys were in the building. There was a bit too much character development for Johnson, but not enough for Campbell and her role was just as important. Throwing a five at the building for the story.Favorite Quote: "If you can't fix it with duct tape... you ain't using enough duct tape."

Genre: ActionViolent=9It's an action movie and that means I WANT VIOLENCE!!! I can't award full points for this, as it's PG-13. It's like putting a noise suppressor on a Harley...it kind of defeats the purpose. But I guess the purpose was to make as much money as possible in the Theater. As such, nine points will go to this movie for the epic sky crane jump.Pace=7An Action movie, unlike Drama, needs to have a great pace. The acting and the story can't keep you, so it has to be the explosions and car chases. The pace was good...a little lag in the beginning with the character development, but once the fit hits the shan (see how I switched that?) the pace is really good. Seven points for Slitherin.F/X=10For an Action movie...I want great CGI sure, but I want some real stunt work. I realize you have to do some things with a computer and a green screen...I also want some work with a stunt crew and the actors doing some of their own stuff. This was the one great thing about the film! The fire F/X was great and the stunts in and out of the building were nice. Ten points will be added to the score...

Sub-Genre: HeistHeist=5Sorry if this is a spoiler, but of course you have to know the bad guys are after something right? If they are trying to take something as the main plot, then this is a heist movie. I just wasn't feeling what they were trying to do. I can't say it was good or bad, so I'll go with meh here...Five points.Chemistry=6In a heist movie, I want chemistry with the robbers. A definite leader and a team of specialists to perform a certain task is what I want to see. While there is a leader, the rest of the team is not fully realized. Despite them being armed. At no point did I feel like they could beat The Rock...six points.My Score: 7.2"Skyscraper" does not hold it's weight as a heist movie, but it's pretty solid as a straight up action flick. It manages to one-up Die Hard in height alone...it's taller but it will never be bigger. It's the same thing I told my kids when they became taller than me in junior high school. If you didn't get to see this in the theater...just hang in there for the video release.

Normal

By: bisho27
It's like you started watching a movie from the middle of it. Yes, it is action packed and yes it is Dwaynr Johnson, but it is very predictable and the same as all his movies

Die hard and towering inferno combo!!?

By: Kin Wing
Fails simply as an action movie because it needed a menacing type Alan Rickman calibre actor as the top badguy also duplicated well in Under Siege with Tommy Lee Jones. Dwayne Johnson has the physicalality nailed as an Action protagonist but fails to keep the audience entertained with lack of wisecracking one liners as subordinate bad guy henchmen are dispatched which this movie seriously lacked. It uses Towering Inferno subplot which disappoints as the building doesn't have many trapped occupants fighting to survive as this draws the audience in with drama!

A big budget of missed opportunities as you don't really care for the characters in this pretty predictable waste of money and time!

Aka Bypasser

By: My-Two-Cent
I like Dwayne Johnson but it seems he's becoming the Samoan Bruce Willis not because this movie feels like as Die Hard wannabe but because he'll do any movie no matter how bad the writing is and the writing for this film was awful as was how awkward Johnson looked doing stunts or even running.. Staying with the awkward theme there is zero chemistry between Johnson and Campbell and the same goes for Johnson and his former FBI team members because there was a complete lack of character building.. Also the entire back story was just plain.. I guess the director figured he'd rely on Johnson's name to carry this monstrosity.. IMDb has the budget for this rag at $125,000,000.00 if it were my money being spent I'd be asking someone where that money went because it didn't go towards writing, acting classes or character development.. So it must've went to Johnson and CGI.. I have a bit of advice and it goes to whoever thinks that you can get by on spending most of your budget on CGI.. IT DOES NOT WORK ANY LONGER AND YOU WOULD BE WISE TO SPEND MORE ON WRITING.. I give this movie the peoples elbow!!

very bad Die Hard version

By: ziad-33348
What is this ??????????????? just because Dwayne is in the movie ???? not at all. Really it is the worse movie I see this year. pointless, suspenceless, actionless. very primitive action scenes, what ever bad things just name it and put it to describe this movie.