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Rated PG-13 102 minutes 2018

★★★★★ ★★★★★
If you think Skyscraper is nothing but a bald-faced ripoff of Die Hard, you are much mistaken; it is also a bald-faced ripoff of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, The Towering Inferno, The Lady from Shanghai, etc. Dwayne Johnson reunites with his Central Intelligence director Rawson Marshall Thurber to play Will Sawyer, an ex-FBI agent whose gig doing private security consulting for a soon-to-open world’s tallest building in Hong Kong turns into a rescue mission as his family is trapped in the building by criminal saboteurs. It’s a welcome touch to make Sawyer an action hero with a disability—he lost his leg in a hostage scenario gone bad—and Johnson remains a star with physical presence and sheer likeability. The movie simply adds nothing to the scenario of “lone underdog vs. a slew of gunmen,” including cheap kids-in-peril moments. But mostly, it’s just a bunch of set pieces that remind you of similar scenes done with more creativity in other movies. A blockbuster summer action movie shouldn’t make you think, “That bit was more tension-filled when I saw it in Finding Nemo.”

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Director: Rawson Thurber

Producer: Beau Flynn, Dwayne Johnson, Rawson Thurber, Hiram Garcia, Dany Garcia, Wendy Jacobson, Eric McLeod and Eric Hedayat

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Roland Møller, Noah Taylor, Byron Mann, Pablo Schreiber, McKenna Roberts, Noah Cottrell, Hannah Quinlivan, Adrian Holmes, Elfina Luk, Kevin Rankin, Gretal Montgomery, Jett Klyne, Kayden Magnuson and Byron Lawson

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