This image released by Universal Pictures shows Dwayne Johnson in a scene from "Skyscraper." Picture: AP
This image released by Universal Pictures shows Dwayne Johnson in a scene from "Skyscraper." Picture: AP

Dwayne Johnson’s charisma turns ‘Skyscraper’ into a 'so bad it's good' film

By Jamal Grootboom Time of article published Jul 13, 2018

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Is it just me or does it feel as if Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson stars in a new action movie every other month? 

Rating 2/5

With all his action hero roles simply different shades of his charismatic personality. And ‘Skyscraper’ is no different.

Johnson plays former FBI agent Will Sawyer who has to save his family from a — wait for it ... burning skyscraper. 

Director Rawson Thurber really is lucky that Johnson agreed to be the leading man for this mess of a film because without him this would really be torturous to sit through. Look, I don’t mind a popcorn film that is self-aware of its ridiculousness. However, ‘Skyscraper’ takes itself very seriously and suffers for it.

During this whole film, it feels as if the screenwriters couldn’t decide on the tone of the film. With some characters coming off as almost realistic while others feel like they were ripped from a B-grade straight-to-streaming action movie. 

The biggest offenders of this are the villains. They are written and portrayed so one-dimensionally it’s laughable. 

On top of that, the accents of the villains are a hot mess. The main villain Kores Botha (Roland Møller) who sounds like a South African visited the States for three months and formed a weird fusion of a South African and American accent. Turns out to be Scandinavian. And one of Zhao Long Ji (Chin Han) bodyguards also a generic ‘the strength of the bleck pentha’ African accent. Yes, it is that bad. 

The biggest issue though is the gigantic plotholes and ridiculous stunts Johnson does. I haven’t seen such bad writing in a minute. And if it wasn’t for Johnson carrying this film it would have been even more of a mess. The CGI is also laughable. Especially everything after the fire erupts in the skyscraper. 

The only good thing about is Neve Campbell who plays  Will Sawyer’s wife, Sarah Sawyer. 

She’s a bad b*tch that kick*ss and takes names. I’ll glad at the very least the screenwriters didn’t write her as a damsel in distress who fully relies on a man to save her.  

Overall, this movie really is so bad it’s good. However, a film shouldn’t rely on one person for it be watchable. And while it is entertaining for all the wrong reasons there's no need for you spend your money on this. Just wait for this to be out on Netflix or Showmax. 

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