Johnson is the difference. His charisma, likeability and positive demeanour is exactly what sets him apart from the like of Jason Statham or Vin Diesel
Dwayne Johnson seems to only be given roles where he can take a good, calm man, and show the world how brave he can be. Whether the cause is his family, his friends or the world, he always finds a way to save what he needs to, through exactly the same character development journey, at exactly the same pacing.
Perhaps this predictability will get too much eventually, but for now, it seems to still be working, even with Skyscraper taking Dwayne’s typecast further than any of his previous outings.
Injured while on duty for the U.S. marines, Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson) is now trying to make his way in the world as a security expert. Tasked with analysing the installation of protective methods for safety and security at the world’s newest and tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong, Sawyer feels out of his depth going into the final presentation. Yet, after being given complete control of security, his tablet is stolen, and the entire skyscraper’s systems are immediately put at risk.
Johnson is the difference. His charisma, likeability and positive demeanour is exactly what sets him apart from the like of Jason Statham or Vin Diesel. He understands how to lead a film, and turn it into an enjoyable two hours of cinema, rather than trying to look as powerful, cool and dismissive as possible. He is very good at detailing the balance a film such as Skyscraper needs, allowing the film’s inadequacies to be glazed over, rather than making them what the film is about.
Skyscraper has these inadequacies, in abundance, but Johnson makes them seem smoother, or less important. The story is ridiculous, but his goal is clear, and that gives any audience something to root for.
The less actually said about the plot the better; It’s barbaric and stupid. The script is terrible and the foreshadowing is uncomparably obvious. Like a plank of wood 3 inches from your nose obvious, yet somehow, as a piece it works. It shouldn’t be questioned, or examined, but it’s still standing, and that’s okay. Just about.
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