Rated: PG-13
Release Date: 07/13/2018
Production Company: Universal Pictures

Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han
Roland Møller, Noah Taylor, Byron Mann, Pablo Schreiber and Hannah Quinlivan.

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber. Producers: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, James Bitoni, Beau Flynn, Hiram Garcia, Petra Hottorf, Ali Mendes, Mary Parent and David Siegel. Executive Producers: Dany Garcia, Eric Jedauat, Wendy Jacobson, Eric McLeod and Ali Mendes. Screenwriter: Rawson Marshall Thurber. Cinematographer: Robert Elswit.
By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

In his latest action-packed movie “Skyscraper,” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson takes on the world’s tallest building and saves the day once again.

While it’s becoming almost routine to see Johnson in so many of these heroic films like “Rampage,” “San Andreas,” “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and I’ll even throw in “Baywatch,” there’s a reason for it. “The Rock” has become a bona fide movie star. He truly lights up the screen.

In “Skyscraper,” which is part “Die-Hard” and “The Towering Inferno,” Johnson plays a former FBI Rescue Team leader named Will Sawyer.

He was top dog with the agency, but
Will couldn’t prevent a guy from blowing his family to smithereens during a domestic dispute. Will lost a leg during the confrontation.

Ten years later, Will has tried to put the incident behind him. He and his lovely Navy surgeon wife Sarah (Neve Campbell, TV’s “House of Cards”) have two adorable kids Georgia (McKenna Roberts, TV’s “Timeless”) and Henry (Noah Cottrell). Will gets around just fine now with a prosthetic leg.

In fact, Will has a nice gig working as a high-end security agent for different companies all over the world. He was recently hired to review the security measures at the world’s tallest and newest high-tech skyscraper in Hong Kong called “The Pearl” which is owned by billionaire Zhao Long Ji (Chin Han, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and TV’s “Lethal Weapon”).

This place is unlike any building you’ve ever seen. It houses a “city in the sky,” has lavish apartments, a terrarium and too many amenities to name.

It’s a treat for Will to be working with his former colleague Ben (Pablo Schreiber, “Den of Thieves) and to bring his family along so they can experience the luxury facility.

It turns out that Zhao (Han) has some shady business dealings with some terrorists who are led by Kores Botha (Roland Møller, TV’s “Beck”).

They aren’t too pleased with their end of the deal. Consequently, they’re about to raid “The Pearl” and set it on fire to make a statement to Zhao. And Ben (Schreiber) is somehow connected to this unfolding plot too and winds up double crossing Will.

Now, Will’s family is trapped inside with the gun-toting goons. Will goes into full beast mode to get them out and methodically kill these guys.

Of course, we all know how this is going to play out. “The Rock” always wins.

Still, there is so much fierce action in “Skyscraper” and some surprise twists along the way that will make you anxious particularly when Will places himself in several amazing life and death situations.

That crane scene is a real doozy. So is the incredibly staged fight sequence between Will and Ben as Ben shows no mercy on Will’s prosthetic leg and nearly gets the best of him.

“Skyscraper,” from director Rawson Marshall Thurber (“Central Intelligence”) delivers mighty, big thrills. Thanks to Johnson, it rocks.

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Check Out This Trailer For "SKYSCRAPER"

Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA), the Black Reel Awards Voting Academy and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.


Brian's Song Title: Brian's Song
Year Released: 1971
Running Time: 90
Production Company: Screen Gems (Sony)
Director: Buzz Kulik
Director of Photography: Joseph F. Biroc
Screenwriter: Gale Sayers, Al Silverman and William Blinn
Author: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

REVIEW: This Review Reprinted In Honor Of Movie Critic Bill Gibron--May 14, 1961--May 11, 2018. Pictured Top Left.

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