The Movie: 5/10
It’s average. It’s OK. Skyscraper hit firmly in the middle of the road for me, straddling those yellow lines with gusto. It’s challenging to discuss a movie that slides into that mediocre category. I can’t talk about huge terrible flaws, even though there are a lot, because they are balanced by an overall acceptable action movie watching experience. Whoa, that’s a rave review right there! The struggle to find more words and phrases that reflect “average” is real. To be honest, average might be generous, but I had fun, so it gets a couple of points for that.
What else can you say about a movie like this?
Let me see….its got a wildly implausible plot that ultimately has zero substance. The laws of physics are mostly ignored, but I can live with that. The villains are not really villains. The good guy is our beloved Rock (aka Dwayne Johnson:)) who goes through the motions of being an action Dad saving the day. The special effects are good enough, and the sets are good enough, and the performances are good enough…and and and…how can I convince you that this movie is worth watching while my view is seriously neutral? I would say that’s the unintentional hook of this movie, it’s neutral, which can be a good movie experience sometimes, believe it or not. I did have fun with this flick, fun and I did have a bit of concern for the family and our hero, a bit. I admit it, that’s enough to keep this from being a negative review. The palpable neutrality of it all saved it!
Get a bowl of popcorn, a beer or a soda, turn down the lights, put the phone away, and just have a good time with a wildly unapologetic action flick. There is a very all building, a big fire, children in danger and an ex-wrestler with a prosthetic leg…come on…just do it!
- Deleted Scenes (12 Minutes) – Tons of deleted scenes, some of them explain the big plot holes in the final cut.
- Extended Scenes (10 Minutes) – Longer versions of select scenes, directors commentary is optional here.
- Dwayne Johnson: Embodying A Hero (4 Minutes) – Fun behind the scenes with Dwayne.
- Inspiration (4 Minutes) – A look at the real life amputee who helped Dwayne Johnson look realistic.
- Opposing Forces (3 Minutes) – A look at Neve Campbell who I feel we have not seen since Scream.
- Friends No More (3 Minutes) – Pablo Schreiber is detailed here
- Kids In Action (3 Minutes) – The kids of the film who are honestly forgettable get a little EPK loving.
- Pineapple Pitch (2 Minutes) – The Rock and director tell a funny story about how this movie idea came to be.
- Audio Commentary With Director Rawson Marshall Thurbur
- 4KUHD, Blu-ray & UV Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 8/10
Skyscraper comes to 4K and Blu-ray courtesy of Universal and a stellar transfer across both formats. The film is remarkably crisp and detailed and the HDR on the 4K release is some of the best I have seen. Once the building is on fire the HDR range is incredible from bright flames to inky blacks. Flesh tones are so so but that is mainly down to the stylish color grading used in the film.
The Dolby Atmos track here delivers and amazing spacial experience with surround sound coming from every angle imaginable. There is also a massive amount of LFE in the action scenes toward the end of the film. Dialog and score are clean crisp and precise and the pop music over the closing credits sounds bombastic. Overall Skyscraper is a visual and sonical (is that a word) treat on 4K and Blu-ray.
Overall Score 5/10