Skyscraper – Like Watching Flypaper

Rating (1.5 out of 5)

Summary: Gosh! It is hard to describe how void “Skyscraper” (new HBO movie) is of any character development, motivation or even witty lines.  The movie follows screenwriting 101 by displaying key elements to the audience in the first 15 minutes, but the presentation is insultingly obvious.  Finally, two characters have handicaps but are gimmicks, rather than inspiring challenges to surmount.   I can’t think of anything memorable about “Skyscraper” movie at all.

Plot:  Will (Dwayne Johnson) is a security consultant for the world’s tallest building.  His family is the first to move into the building’s residences.  The bad guys raid the building and set the building on fire, to force the owner of the building to hand over a hard drive.  Will must storm the building and save his family.

Detail:  I didn’t comprehend why the character of Will needed to be an amputee.  If the story focused on Will’s difficulties running or other basic physical activities since sustaining his injuries,  then Will would have had a challenge to overcome.  The motivation to save his family could have forced him to face his anxiety and the handicap would have been understandable.  The amputee storyline provided no purpose, and therefore, an insulting gimmick.   I expect more from Dwayne Johnson.

Similar to the amputee aspect, Will’s son Henry (Noah Cottrell) has asthma.  The director highlights his inhaler early on in the film.  Henry should have been hampered by his asthma when Henry, his mom, and sister are running through the burning building.  But Henry never had any issues, so why give him asthma.

If you think about many action movies, the plot is straightforward, even for the bad guys.  In Skyscraper, the bad guys were here to steal a hard drive that included all the bank accounts of where brides went.  Way too complicated.  Think about “Die Hard”, where the bad guys had a clear goal of breaking into a safe; keep it simple.

No one-liners, no laughs or humor, no obstacle to overcome, no character development, no revenge.  There is nothing compelling about “Skyscraper”.