Review: "Skyscraper" (2018) | ManlyMovie

Review: “Skyscraper” (2018)

30 years ago in the summer of 1988 on this very day actually , The Manly-Biblical -Epic-Masterful-Brilliant-Opus “Die Hard” was released. As a young boy in the cinema I was mesmerized by what I was watching on screen. I knew along with everybody else in that theater that we were watching something special. 30 years ago as a kid I had a life-changing experience in a cinema watching “Die Hard”, fast forward 30 years and as an adult I’m watching a “Die-Hard-Wannabe” in a cinema having a not so memorable experience. Damn it!

Many discussions have been had on this site about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Mostly about the career choices he has made and the movies he has put out. “How come he doesn’t make more R-rated action movies?” “Are the movies he makes good & or manly?” “Is he on the same league as Arnold or Stallone?” etc. All valid questions from serious action movie aficionados.

I think the reason I’m not disappointed with him it’s because I never thought he was going to reach the heights of greatness of Stallone or Arnold. I think perhaps a major reason for this is because of the times that we live in and the fact that our beloved action heroes from the 80s and 90s brought something to the manly table that their soy-boy critics never understood. Daniel Day-Lewis obviously is a much better actor than Chuck Norris but Day-Lewis could never kick as much ass & for example bring down a cartel like our beloved Chuck did in “Delta Force 2”. These were not only movies but also instructional films on how to become a man.


I am a fan of professional wrestling/ sports entertainment, I do believe that The Rock was truly one of the greatest trash talkers of all time. I believe him to be a Mount Rushmore Performer on the mic & a much better heel ( Bad Guy)  than a Baby- Face” (Good Guy) even though he grew in popularity as a Baby-Face. His fame and success is well earned however cause if you follow him on Instagram you know the mothafuka works like crazy.

His latest effort is “Skyscraper” and it’s a cross between “Die Hard” and  “Towering Inferno”. Here Rock plays an FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Ford who after a rescue mission goes to shit loses a leg and years later becomes a security advisor for skyscrapers. He’s working on assignment in China in a building called “The Pearl” which is the tallest CGI building in the world. So long story short, so-called terrorists take over the building, set it on fire, The Rock is blamed for the fiasco and he’s in a race against time to save his family whom are trapped inside the burning building.

The movie is not original, it borrows from films such as “Die Hard”,”Towering Inferno” & “Mission Impossible”. It’s a movie not to be taken seriously and if taken for what it is and I did, it’s not great but it’s entertaining enough to pass the time with.

As I’ve often mentioned, the roles of villains are underrated in these type of films, not only at times by audiences but by filmmakers as well unfortunately. Films like these could go up in “fun points” by having actors who are Masters in the art of trolling. Trolling genius Nicolas Cage is trolling in VOD low-budget flicks & somebody like him would have been much needed to bring some much needed charisma to completely forgettable bad guy parts played by generic bland performers. The biggest crime this movie committed in this department was having Pablo Schreiber who had the best showdown with The Rock in this movie in a short throw away role after kicking ass in “Den of Thieves”. He needs a better agent cause the kid is talented. Bad guys and the actors that bring them to life make these movies better. So instead of this bullshit femi-nazi propaganda about paying little known actresses the same as much well-established male stars, I say pay trolling masters more money cause they will make your movies better.

Question: Would Van Damme’s “Sudden Death” be the same without Manly Legend Powers Boothe as the bad guy?

Answer: Hell No!

This it’s not the Rock’s best movie nor his worst. If you don’t take it seriously then chances are you’ll be entertained by it despite all it’s flaws.  I don’t feel this is a film you have to rush to the cinema and watch but it’s not a movie you should completely avoid either down the road if you’re looking to kill some time with.

BTW, PM Entertainment’s “Skyscraper” from 1996…I have not forgotten you. R.I.P. Anna Nicole Smith A.K.A. Jane McClane who bravely fought terrorist and showed us her big boobs.

The Rock’s  “Skyscraper” is a  5/10. It ain’t “Faster” but at least it’s not “The Tooth Fairy”.



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    French Predator

    July 15, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    Anna nicole smith will be missed

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      Mucho Macho

      July 15, 2018 at 6:39 pm

      True That!

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    July 15, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Fast and furious 5 through 7 were good. Gi joe2 was great, rampage with Dwayne Johnson was great. Fast 8 was meh. It was good that Jason Statham went from villain to hero and worked with both vin diesel and Dwayne Johnson. But it sucked that Kurt Russell didn’t have much to do in the 8th one unlike the 7th when he shot some bad guys again, the last movie I ever saw him kill before fast 7 was soldier 1998, and that was a great movie.

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    The Sentry

    July 15, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Dwayne Johnson is a likeable guy, but he hasn’t done a single great movie. Rampage was one of the worst movies I’ve seen recently, and all the praise it got makes me suspicious.

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      July 15, 2018 at 9:23 pm

      Jeffrey Dean Morgan in that as well as Dwayne Johnson kind of reminded me of Bill Paxton in a lot of movies.

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      Mucho Macho

      July 15, 2018 at 6:53 pm

      Had they stayed longer with the Commandos they might have had something better but that section the movie was short-lived

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    juanjo albertez

    July 15, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Watched it in theaters for a change. It’s good. That’s it. Good. Period. Personally, I would have liked to see The Rock doing more hero shit: shooting, punching, kicking. But he spends too much time climbing, hanging and so on. I went to see an old school hero and got a Spiderman hero instead. By the way, Neve Campbell looks way hotter now than she did in the 90’s in those pussy, teenage-friendly, pseudo horror Scream movies. 5/10

    P.S: Anna Nicole, por Dios! I can’t count the many times I’ve strangled my friend the bald man thinking about her. R.I.P Goddess.

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      Mucho Macho

      July 15, 2018 at 6:39 pm

      La Anna Nicole taba bueniiiisima!!
      Btw…I was a huge fan of the original “Scream” film from 1996. However the sequels increasingly became something the original would have made fun.

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    The Night Rider

    July 15, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    The Rock’s resume has been looking weak for a while now. Rampage looked intolerably fake too. I just can’t emphasize with a city being trashed when it’s all so computerized. Was ‘Snitch’ his last good film?

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      Mucho Macho

      July 15, 2018 at 12:38 pm

      “Pain & Gain” got hate but I liked it.

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    Eric Hutchison

    July 15, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    You said it, villains are HUGE in movies like this. I don’t think Hollywood cares anymore though.

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    July 15, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    By Rocks age Arnold had churned out Conan, Terminator, Predator, Total Recall, T2 and True Lies…

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      Mucho Macho

      July 15, 2018 at 6:39 pm

      Those were the days

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      July 15, 2018 at 8:05 pm

      We’re probably fortunate that Twins didn’t happen earlier though, because it completely changed the direction of Arnold’s career going forward. Everything became more family-oriented (even Terminator) and there was less emphasis on hard-R action.

      Unfortunately, a similar dynamic has shaped the Rock’s career. The takeaway from Skyscraper’s failure will be that he should stick to stuff like Jumanji or Fast and Furious.

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        Mucho Macho

        July 15, 2018 at 10:12 pm

        You are right.
        when Rock stated he wanted to be like Arnold I imagined he was gonna go that route.

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    July 15, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    I just saw it today on Sunday. And it was great. I wouldn’t say it’s a ripoff of die hard, towering inferno, what have you, etc. I would say it’s more of a homage to die hard, the Fugitive, Patriot games, towering inferno, etc. Dwayne Johnson has been great in almost anything with action. He’s never failed to amaze me or anyone else. He’s been inspired by guys like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis and Harrison Ford and many other action stars. It was great to see Neve Campbell back again. She hasn’t been this good since party of five, scream movies, wild things, etc. she was fantastic as Johnson’s wife in that. She needs more roles like that again.

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      Mucho Macho

      July 16, 2018 at 1:29 am

      “Wild Things”

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    July 16, 2018 at 7:20 am

    Rubbish. PG-13 trash. Save your pennies for the Equalizer 2 otherwise stay home, get drunk, and watch Rage, Riot and Recoil with Gary Daniels (in that order) when squibs spat out blood, property was really blown sky high, and automatic weapons properly cycled with actual blanks.

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    July 16, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    I hear it’s flopping. Thank God.

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    Eric Hutchison

    July 16, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    As big as Dwayne Johnson has become in Hollywood in terms of money, it’s sad that he doesn’t throw his weight around more and do some more serious, hardcore action. He seems perfectly content to just keep doing PG-13 shit. He’s a paycheck actor.