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Skyscraper Blu-ray Review

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If you love The Rock and “Die Hard,” “Skyscraper” is for you.

After a hostage situation goes south and results in the loss of a leg, former war vet and FBI Hostage Negotiator Will Sawyer has transitioned over into becoming a security consultant. His latest (and biggest job) is to oversee the security for the world’s tallest high tech skyscraper (The Pearl) in Hong Kong owned by the absurdly wealthy businessman Zhao Long Ji. Will, his wife (a naval surgeon who operated on Will), and 2 kids also happen to be moving into The Pearl. Alas, Will’s security job turns into a nightmare after he is not only betrayed by a friend, but set-up to be the fall guy by a criminal organization (led by Kores Botha) who have set fire to the building. The criminals are also seeking a vitally important item that Zhao has in his possession. With his family trapped in the burning building with criminals, Will will do anything in his power to save his family and stop the bad guys.

At one point in the movie the character of Will says “This is stupid.” That’s a fairly accurate assessment of the movie. “Skyscraper” can be best described as a goofy action vehicle for The Rock that plays like a cross between “Die Hard” and “The Towering Inferno.” The big difference is that “Skyscraper” is nowhere near the quality of either of those films although I doubt anyone expected it to be. You get what you pay for here and that is a throwback to brainless 80’s and 90’s action films complete with big sets, FX, predictable story beats, over-the-top action sequences (the ridiculous climactic “mirror” sequence), and groan worthy foreshadowing. There isn’t an ounce of originality to be found here, but that shouldn’t be an issue for those that just want to see The Rock in a giant burning building beating up bad guys.

The only thing “Skyscraper” really has going for it is that the central character is an amputee veteran. I do think they could have done way more with that concept, but it’s still important and inspiring to see a heroic amputee veteran showcased in a major motion picture.

In terms of the cast, there’s no denying that Dwayne Johnson (AKA The Rock) is a charismatic action superstar, but at this point, he has become overexposed. It seems like every other week Dwayne Johnson is attached to a new project. Let some other actors get on board some of these films! With that said, he still does an admirable job here especially considering he’s acting against CGI much of the time. The real star here is Neve Campbell. It’s great to see her in a major movie again and she kicks butt here as Sarah (a surgeon/Will’s wife). She definitely needs more roles in the near future.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? “Skyscraper” has been given a crisp hi-def transfer.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? From the roaring flames to the shattering glass, this is a lively Atmos track.

Extras: * Digital copy * DVD copy * 5 extended scenes and 5 deleted scenes each with optional commentary by director Rawson Marshall Thurber * Universal trailers * “Opposing Forces”- A featurette on the female characters played by Neve Campbell and Hannah Quinlivan and the stunt work they did. * “Inspiration”- A featurette on the character that inspired Will- a real life amputee hero named Jeff Glasbrenner. * “Dwayne Johnson: Embodying A Hero”- Dwayne and others talk about the character of Will. * “Friends No More”- A look at the fight sequence between the characters between Ben and Will. * “Kids In Action”- A featurette on the kid actors/characters. * “Pineapple Pitch”- An extra about the “Skyscraper” pitch. * A dull solo commentary by director Rawson Marshall Thurber in which he mostly just praises the cast and crew.

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October 3, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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