"Skyscraper" makes a promise to audiences almost immediately: check your brain at the door, drop your hyper-critical defenses, and for 102 minutes it will take you on the movie equivalent of a rollercoaster ride. Part fiery disaster flick à la "The Towering Inferno" and part terrorist thriller à la "Die Hard" (is there any wonder Universal Pictures recently released a pair of one-sheets modeled after these two pictures?), the film delivers exactly what it promises—not much more, and certainly nothing less. Those expecting to exit the theater galvanized by its untold thematic layers might as well keep walking. It's big, it's far-fetched, and it's certainly not deep. It is fun, however, and sometimes that's enough.
In the ten years since losing part of his leg during a hostage rescue gone terribly wrong, former special-ops officer Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson) has switched careers and built a new life with the Naval surgeon who saved his life, wife Sarah (Neve Campbell). Standing an amazing 225 stories, the world's tallest, most technologically advanced building, The Pearl, has just been completed, and Will has relocated to Hong Kong with his family after being hired to check the high-rise's safety and security systems prior to the grand opening. His first day on the job suddenly becomes a fight for survival when a crew of cutthroat baddies steal a tablet in Will's possession controlling The Pearl's mainframe and subsequently set a roaring fire to the 95th floor—directly below where Sarah and twins Georgia (McKenna Roberts) and Henry (Noah Cottrell) are trapped. With the police mistakenly believing Will is involved in the attack, he must evade capture and think fast if he hopes to save his family from the rapidly engulfing flames. Meanwhile, the criminals move ever closer to the penthouse of billionaire owner Zhao Long Ji (Chin Han), who carries with him a flash drive they desperately want.
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