Movie Review - Skyscraper (2018)
Johnson in fact portrays Will Sawyer, a former soldier who is injured so badly that he loses a limb. Will actually has a trans-tibial amputation on his left leg. Photographer Michael Stokes has brought to light amputees such as this. A lot of whom are from the military. One of which is Chris Van Etten, a U.S. Marine who was injured in Afghanistan and became a double-amputee. Van Etten also became an actor last year appearing on ABC's General Hospital. Van Etten wouldn't have been right for this role, but Johnson can certainly represent for men like Van Etten. However, having someone like Van Etten, even in a minor role, would have been nice. Actually, the role that Pablo Schrieber had as Will's best friend could have been filled by a real-life wounded warrior.
As it's been said by other critics, this film is basically The Towering Inferno (1974). This movie's centerpiece is the 220-storey building that is the setting, which is hacked by terrorists and taken siege until it's set on fire. The thrust of it is the people trying to escape the structure alive. Unfortunately, Thurber doesn't make that building as interesting as it's supposed to be or as much as one would hope. One would think the hacking of a fully-automated, extremely tall tower would make for more ideas than what we get here. The high-rise in Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) was a more interesting building than the one here. Thurber doesn't really take the time to explore the building and give us a sense of its geography internally.
Rated PG-13 for sequences of gun violence and action, and for brief strong language.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 42 mins.