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|Direction:||Rawson Marshall Thurber|
|Production country:||USA 2018|
|Running time:||Ca. 102 Min|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
War veteran and former FBI chief of staff Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson) seems to have found a real dream job in Hong Kong. He's to check out the brand-new security system on The Pearl, the world's tallest skyscraper. He, his wife Sarah (Neve Campbell) and their two children are the first residents of the 240-storey building. But as soon as Will has started his service, there is already a catastrophe: A fire breaks out on the 96th floor, including his family. The whole thing is not an accident, but the work of terrorists who make everything look like Will is the arsonist. A battle against time begins, in which Will not only has to save his family, but also put a stop to the bad boys and restore his good name…
"Skyscraper" is at least dramatically seen in the truest sense of the word a disaster film. For the script, which is bursting with clichés and gruesome dialogues, cannot be called anything other than catastrophic. The characters are so incredibly one-dimensional and stereotypical that it's almost impossible to believe that the whole thing is meant to be serious. This is as little subtle as it is self-deprecating - and thus wastes every chance of approaching the obvious role models such as "Flaming Inferno" or "Die Hard".
That of course also clouds the overall pleasure, which can still be described as solid despite the grotty script. Obviously, the action-packed movie that is tailored to the very lucrative Asian cinema market looks really good in some moments. For example, when Will balances over a crane towards the burning skyscraper or ropes down from the window at dizzying heights (where strangely hardly a breeze seems to rain), the whole thing is very effective in 3D.
"Skyscraper" is a film that one would wish was better than it is in the end, precisely because of its visual realization. Because in the long run, solid action and thrilling effects aren't enough to comfort you about a bad script and a stupid story. If you like Dwayne Johnson in his "I have to save my family" mode and if you like to reduce your brain activity to the bare essentials in the cinema, you could have a lot of fun here. For everyone else, it's better to buy a ticket for a better genre film. Only conditionally worth seeing!
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