There’s a lot about Skyscraper that is ridiculous.
- The cheesy dialogue.
- The incredibly obvious villains who we’re not supposed to realise are villains.
- Main character Will Sawyer’s continuous super-human physical fitness in spite of only having one leg and picking up numerous serious injuries on his arms and torso as events unfold.
- The fact he has one leg for no other reason than so at one point he can rip off and throw it at a door to stop it from closing.
- The bit where he doesn’t bother to save his daughter at the same time as the rest of his family just so that the film can be dragged out longer.
- The way the villains tried to steal Will’s tablet at the harbour when they must have known they’d need his facial print to unlock it.
- The hall of mirrors on the roof that appears to have no functioning purpose to the skyscraper other than setting up the confrontation at the end.
- The way that the entire film is a set-up for a ‘did you turn it off and on again’ punchline.
I mean…if you really look deeply at it, Skyscraper doesn’t hold up to scrutiny.
But I think to come away from it unhappy with its ridiculous elements is mean-spirited.
If you take it for what it is – a daft action movie that combined elements of The Towering Inferno and Die Hard – then it’s perfectly enjoyable. It’s my type of ‘popcorn’ movie.
And it’s an easy watch as well; you won’t get bored, and you’ll have a few laughs.
So this is one that I would recommend.