Skyscraper (2018)

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Writer: Rawson Marshall Thurber (Screenplay)

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Pablo Schreiber, Noah Taylor, Kevin Rankin, McKenna Roberts, Byron Mann, Tzi Ma, Chin Han

 

Plot: FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Sawyer now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in Hong Kong he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who are trapped inside the building…above the fire line.


Tagline – The sky is the limit

Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Spectacularly Entertaining

 

Story: Skyscraper starts as we learn how Will Sawyer (Johnson) first met his wife Sarah (Campbell) in an FBI Hostage Rescue Team mission gone wrong, which left him without a leg, 10-years later he works in security, figuring out and assessing building for potential hazards. His latest job is his big break, on the biggest building in the world ‘The Pearl’ built by architect Zhao Long Ji (Han).

When everything looks like it is about to pass the tests, Kores Botha (Moller) finds a flaw in the system, setting the building on fire in an attempt to get Zhao, the problem is Will’s family is in the building and will stop at nothing to save his family.

 

Thoughts on Skyscraper

 

Characters – Will Sawyer is a former FBI Hostage Rescue team leader, wounded in action, turned to security, he has a small business which will giving him the recommendation to work on the biggest building in the world. the now family man nervous at the thought of this opportunity must prove how safe this building is. He does, but when criminals have other thoughts, he must return to his rescue ways to save his family from the situation. THIS IS NOT A JOHN MCCLANE MARK II, his only goal is to save his family, not to stop the criminals. Sarah is Will’s wife, one of the surgeons that helped save his life, she does what she can to keep the children safe, remaining calm and showing herself a hand at self-defence. Zhao Long Ji is the architect who has designed this brilliant world changing building, he has everything down to make it look stunning, operate smoothly and help the world by creating jobs and running eco-friendly, he is the target of the criminals who want something he has. Kores Botha is the leader of the attack, he has been an old nemesis of Zhao through construction, this is a slightly more generic villain, but his cold-hearted delivery is just as striking as you need him to be. We do get a host of side characters including, the two kids, they are good for the film, the cops on the outside trying to put the pieces together, other members of the criminal gang with Xia being the standout of them and the old friend which got him the job.

PerformancesDwayne Johnson is an actor you all know I will watch everything he does, the genre he shines best in, is action, in this film he gives one of his best action performances to date, he gives his character the feeling he might no succeed even though he looks like he could knock you out with one punch. Neve Campbell is good in the support role showing its about time we saw her back on the bring screen, Roland Moller as the villain is very strong too because we do get moments when you are scared of what he will do. The rest of the cast are good throughout even if we would have liked to have seen more.

StoryThe story is a perfect playlist of how to keep action simple without needing to make anything complicated. One giant building, one fire in said building, one stranded family, one group of criminals and the reluctant hero going against the odds to try and save his family. Those are the core elements of the story and as I said, we don’t need more, this is simple enough to give us everything we wanted. We could look at the minor negative in the story and that would be the amount of characters we do meet outside of the building situation, while I know it is part of the bigger picture, they don’t have the same intensity as the building moments. The biggest weirdly enjoyable part of the story was watching how the crowd just stood around watching on the big screen cheer, gasping like the audience watching.

Action The action set pieces in the film are brilliant, breath taking and truly edge of your seat, seeing Dwayne Johnson pull this off and make you feel like something could go wrong is what it is all about, praise must be giving to a fight sequence too, where Will must fight on one leg.

SettingsThe setting of being in the Pearl was fantastic, we know the escape is next to impossible and watching how this unfolds is edge of your seat, when we step away however it does lose the levels of anticipation we would have liked.

Special EffectsThe building being on fire look amazing, well realistically I don’t actually want to see buildings on fire, but other elements of the special effects go towards making Will’s leg injury seem like the norm for Johnson.


Scene of the Movie –
The crane.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Two big lines from the trailer are not in the movie, they both felt important for the situations we were in.

Final ThoughtsThis isn’t just a Die Hard modernised, this is a stand alone action thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat and show you all that Dwayne Johnson is the king of the action genre at the moment.

 

Overall: Must watch action thrill ride.

Rating

 

 

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

logoDirector: Jean-Marc Vallee

Writer: Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack (Screenplay)

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Denis O’Hare, Steve Zahn, Michael O’Neill, Dallas Roberts, Griffin Dunne, Kevin Rankin

 

Plot: The story of Texas electrician Ron Woodroof (McConaughey) and his battle with the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies after being diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1986 and his search for alternative treatments that helped established a way in which fellow HIV-positive people could join for access to his supplies.

 

Verdict: Brilliant

 

Story: Watching as a once naïve Ron filled with homophobic hatred learns that everyone is in the world and just wants to live as well as willing to do anything to survive. He grows to accept everyone as an individual by going up against all the rules to give everyone who wants to prolong their lives a chance to get their hands on non-approved drugs instead of using the FDA ones that were actually shortening people’s lives. What is incredible about this film is that one man can change so much to go from a user and abuser into a hero for a group of people with no hope. (10/10)

 

Actor Reviews

 

Matthew McConaughey: Ron Woodroof a man’s man cowboy who likes to drink, sleep around and do plenty of drugs. Once he gets given the diagnoses of HIV his friends turn on him and his personally life takes a drastic turn when he becomes the hero for the HIV and AIDS sufferers. Matthew is brilliant and fully deserved his Oscar for this performance. (10/10)

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Jennifer Garner: Eve a doctor at the local hospital who has moral question about the drugs test going on in the hospital while she keeps losing patients to Ron’s club. She supports furthering these people’s lives but struggles to support the drugs begin used without research. Good performance from Jennifer who is great but really gets outshone by the male leads. (8/10)

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Jared Leto: Rayon a fellow sufferer from HIV who becomes business partners with Ron and these two create an unlikely friendship in their battle to prolong their lives. Jared is stunning and to say someone gave a better performance than Matthew this year was hard, I feel this is that better performance. (10/10)

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Director Review: Jean-Marc Vallee – Great direction to create such a brilliant film that has a touchy subject matter, but gets bought to life so sensitively. (9/10)

 

Biography: Watching how Ron battled to get the drugs and change his ways to create a better life for everyone he helps. (10/10)

Drama: Brilliant drama to show the struggle the sufferers had to go through just to have a chance at a longer life. (10/10)

History: Great look at how people reacted to the disease that not many people knew how to cure. (9/10)

Settings: Each setting is recreated with great authenticity. (9/10)

Suggestion: This really should be watched by all, it is one of the best films you will ever see. (Watch)

 

Best Part: The performances from Leto and McConaughey.

Believability: True story. (10/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Won 3 Oscars including Best Actor and Supporting Actor

Box Office: $55,198,285

Budget: $5.5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 57 Minutes

Tagline: Dare To Live

Trivia:The budget was also so low for this film that only $250 was allotted to the makeup department. Amazingly the film’s artists were able to work within that figure and the film’s makeup and hairstylist won an Oscar.

 

Overall: Simply Stunning

Rating 96

The Chaperone (2011)

Director: Stephen Herek
Writer: S.J. Roth
Starring: Paul Levesque, Kevin Corrigan, Jose Zuniga, Kevin Rankin, Enrico Colantoni, Israel Brousard, Ariel Winter, Yeardley Smith

Story Recently released from jail Ray (Levesque) tries to get back into a father role to his daughter Sally (Winter) only to find her mother is now with a doctor and Sally hates him. He struggles to find a job on the outside he gets offered a chance to be the Chaperone by Ms Miller (Smith) on a school trip with his daughter.

Things start to go wrong for Ray when one of the old partners in crime Larue (Corrigan) offers him a job to make some money. Ray changes his mind during the job and leaves the thieves high and dry but the money ends up on the bus leading Larue and co to follow Ray to collect their money.

Can Ray keep the children under control and stay on the right side of the law returning the money Larue thinks he may have stolen, this action comedy will answer your questions.

Verdict This is a very simple formula for a movie, which never really shines but isn’t really boring. It has a sort of Kindergarten Cop meets Home Alone on a school trip. It is one of those films that if its on you can watch and enjoy but not many people will go out their way to see it
Story Mark 7/10 Simple to follow with very few twists or shocks.
Action Mark 5/10 Few fight scenes but all rather dull as Levesque is bigger and stronger than all other characters
Comedy Mark 6/10 Goes with a lot of cheap jokes and slapstick like comedy between hero and villains

Star Performances Sally – rebellious daughter who doesn’t know what to think of father comes off well for the future starlet

 Favourite Character Nick – The bus driver reminded me of a real Otto from the Simpson’s

 

 Best Part Ray has a phone relationship with a radiotherapist

 

Worst Part Listening to Lisa Simpson the whole movie in Ms Miller

Best Quote Goldy – ‘I’m going to shot your old man then shot you in front of him’

Sally – ‘That makes no sense’

 

 My Rating 62%