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

 

 

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Wild Things (1998)

rob challengeRob has chosen this film for the challenge and all know is I know nothing about this but I have heard it.

logoDirector: John McNaughton

Writer: Stephen Peters (Screenplay)

Starring: Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell, Theresa Russell, Denise Richards, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Robert Wagner, Bill Murray

Plot: A police detective uncovers a conspiracy behind a case involving a high-school guidance counsellor when accusations of rape are made against him by two female students.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Just When You Have All The Answers, They Go And Change The Question

Story: Wild Things starts with out high school counsellor Sam Lombardo (Dillon) who is teaching his students about sex crimes with the help of Detectives Ray Duquette (Bacon) and Perez (Vega). Kelly van Ryan (Richards) the rich girl who has taken a shine to Sam tries her hardest to flirt with him, we also meet the handy girl Suzie (Campbell) who is the total opposite to Kelly. Kelly tries her best to seduce Sam but Sam is wise to the situation.

Kelly goes home claiming to have been raped by Sam, this leads to her mother Sandra (Russell) to go straight to the police detectives Ray and Perez. Sam is left having to fight he case with the only lawyer in the town who would take on the Van Ryan’s Ken Bowden (Murray). The detectives trying to uncover the truth look into the story of Suzie who also claims to have been raped by Sam.

When the case ends up going to court the truth comes out, but the damage has been done to Sam who has lost his house and job because of the case. Sam does get a good pay off from the Van Ryan’s but he still needs to start his life again. We are in for a twist when it turns out that the three have been working together to collect a big pay off of Kelly’s mother but Ray isn’t going to let the case go away.

Wild Things is a film that leaves you guessing on nearly every scene, you literally don’t know what any of these characters are really up to until the final moments. The film really does make you think this will be corruption like case but then it turns into a con like film, it manages to mix these genres beautifully to keep both fans happy. I personally had only heard of these film and the infamous threesome scene, I didn’t really know much about what it was about but I was pleasantly surprised with this one thanks Rob. (8/10)

Actor Review

Kevin Bacon: Ray Duquette is the lead detective trying to uncover the truth about whether Sam did rape these two girls, the statements giving by both girls make Sam look guilty but can he find out the truth? Ray doesn’t believe everything is what it seems and starts investigating the three trying to find out the real motives behind the case. Kevin gives a solid performance but I do feel like he is the weakest of the main cast. (6/10)ray

Matt Dillon: Sam Lombardo is the honest playboy high school counsellor who gets accused of raping two of his students, he loses he job and ends up in court where he must prove that he is innocent. Sam has to start a new life once he is found innocent but with a healthy pay off from the Van Ryan’s where will he go. When the twist comes that he has been working with the girls to con Sandra he has to keep everything together so he can get the money. Matt gives a good performance as the smooth talker. (7/10)sam

Neve Campbell: Suzie Toller is the girl from the wrong side of the tracks who also claims to have been raped by Sam, he story could come off more realistic because she kept it quiet for a year. When the three end up with the money it is her unstable side that could put everything at risk. Neve gives a god performance and something very different to what we had been expecting after the Scream film. (7/10)szie

Theresa Russell: Sandra Van Ryan is the mother of Kelly who wants everything to come crashing down on Sam after he is accused of raping her daughter. Sandra ends up having to pay of Sam when the case falls through leaving her having too give him a large pay off. Theresa makes for a good generic rich woman out to protect herself and funds. (7/10)

Denise Richards: Kelly Van Ryan is the flirty seductive girl who is used to getting everything she wants but when Sam doesn’t fall for her she decides to accuse him of raping, getting the whole town to turn on him. Kelly has been part of a plan to take her mothers money but how far will she end up going. Denise gives us a good performance from a time where she would be considered one of the hot talents in Hollywood. (7/10)kelly

Billy Murray: Ken Bowden is the only lawyer who would take the case and he knows from the very beginning that he is innocent knowing he will win the case. Bill only has supporting role but still ends up stealing the scenes he is in. (7/10)ken

Support Cast: Wild Things has a supporting cast that mainly are information fillers explaining what is next through the court case.

Director Review: John McNaughtonJohn gives us a good con-artist film that really does end up keeping us guessing from start to finish. (8/10)

Crime: Wild Things has a brilliantly pulled off crime being played out but really does push the limits with how easily they did get away with it. (8/10)

Mystery: Wild Things keeps us guessing to what will happen next and who is telling the whole truth. (8/10)

Thriller: Wild Things makes you questions nearly every scene in the film as you just don’t know what will happen pulling us in until the final scene. (9/10)

Settings: Wild Things uses the settings to show the different social lives our characters are coming from to make this happen. (7/10)

Suggestion: Wild Things is one to watch it will give you plenty to think about as the story unfolds making you guess who is working with who. (Watch)

Best Part: Keeping us guessing.

Worst Part: While I like the change in the story it does make the start very miss leading.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: There are 3 Sequels

Post Credits Scene: Early credits fill in certain gaps.

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $30 Million

Budget: $20 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 48 Minutes

Tagline: They’re dying to play with you.

Overall: Wild Things keeps you guessing from start to finish with its sexy stylish con artist style

Rating 79

Scream 3 (2000)

Director: Wes Craven
Starring: Liev Schreiber, Kelly Rutherford, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Foley, Lance Henriksen, Deon Richmond, Matt Keeslar, Jenny McCarthy, Emily Mortimer, Parker Posey, Patrick Warburton, David Arquette, Jamie Kennedy
 
A few years have past now Cotton Weary (Liev Schreiber) is now a talk show host of a show called 100% cotton. After filming a cameo in ‘Stab 3’ Cotton gets a phone call from Ghost face who is going to kill his girlfriend Christine Hamilton (Kelly Rutherford). Ghost Face leaves a picture of Sidney’s mother at the scene of the crime.

Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) is high flying presenter now and as she knows about the Woodsboro the police ask her help Detective Mark Kincaid (Patrick Dempsey). Sidney (Neve Campbell) lives in the middle of nowhere working from home as a phone support worker.

Dewey (David Arquette) now works as a technical advisor on ‘Stab 3’ which production gets put into question. the director Roman Bridger (Scott Foley) and producer John Milton (Lance Henriksen) try to keep the film in production. The actors from the movie Tyson Fox (Deon Richmond), Tom Prinze (Matt Keeslar), Sarah Darling (Jenny McCarthy) Angelina Tyler (Emily Mortimer) and Jennifer Jolie (Parker Posey).

With a video sent from Randy (Jamie Kennedy) giving the heroes the rules of trilogy. Having this information we are left to wonder who will survive this time and anyone could be the killer.

This being the third in the trilogy it was meant to be the last coming full circle and giving us the ending we were all looking forward too. Filled with twist and tension which goes to a higher level and even re-writing the history of the first two movies. The characters are all well developed to all be made out to be potential suspects. The final reveal is a big surprise. Still well worth a watch for slasher fans.

My rating is 70%

Scream 2 (1997)

Director: Wes Craven
Starring: Neve Campbell, Jada Pinkett Smith, Omar Epps, Heather Graham, Liev Schreiber, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Timothy Olyphant, Jamie Kennedy, Jerry O’Connell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Luke Wilson, Tori Spelling, Elise Neal, Laurie Metcaf
 
Starting with the release of the movie ‘Stab’ starring Heather Graham as Casey from the original and Luke Wilson as Billy. Phil (Omar Epps) takes his girlfriend Maureen (Jada Pinkett Smith) to see the movie. Everyone is given a ghost face costume. while the movie is rolling a ghost face kills both Phil and Maureen make the publicity rise on the films opening night.

Sidney (Neve Campbell) now in college gets a prank phone call but quickly identifies the caller who hangs up once they are exposed. Sidney’s room mate Hallie (Elise Neal) keeps trying to encourage Sidney to join a sorority. When they find out about the murders Sidney goes to find Randy (Jamie Kennedy).

Randy is in a film class where they try to figure out if the movies created the ‘stab’ killer or not. In the class is Cici (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Mickey (Timothy Olyphant). In the class they have a big discussion about how sequels are not as good as originals keeping to the feel of the original not being to serious.

Sidney has a new boyfriend Derek (Jerry O’Connell). Having Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) turn up riding her fame from her book and movie. Gale meets a ambitious reporter Debbie Salt (Laurie Metcalf). Gale brings Cotton Weary (Liev Schreiber) to do an interview with Sidney about how she accused him and he turned out innocent. Completing the line up is Dewey (David Arquette) who comes to make sure Sidney is safe.

This time we are left with a slightly different list of suspects:

  • A reporter who keeps want to be the story
  • The Ambitious reporter wanting to make a name for herself
  • The Accused murderer of Sidney’s mother
  • The boyfriend proving she can pick the crazy ones
  • The Film student who loves sequels
  • The sorority who want to become the most popular

The Movie is a good follow up to the original. Having the idea of the release of the story in movie as background to the story of what is happening in these characters lives. Keeping its tongue in cheek style very nicely through out. Containing lots of twists and turns leading us to the big climax and revelation of who the killer is. The characters are all different and have very interesting potential motives. This is well worth a watch for slasher fans keeping the series worth watching and wanting more.

My rating is 76%

Scream 4 (2011)

Director: Wes Craven
Starring: Lucy Hale, Anna Paquin, Kristen Bell, Brittany Robertson, Neve Campbell, Alison Brie, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Aimie Teegarden, Hayden Panettiere, Emma Roberts, Marielle Jaffe, Marley Shelton, Erik Knudsen, Rory Culkin, Nico Tortorella, Anthony Anderson, Adam Brody

Ten years has pasted since Sidney (Neve Campbell) survived the last murders. Sidney has since written a book about her experience. Sidney returns to Woodsboro for a book signing with her PR lady Rebecca (Alison Brie). Deputy Dewey is now Sheriff Dewey (David Arquette) he is also married to Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox).

Upon Sidney return two students are killed by Ghost Face. Sidney cousin Jill Roberts (Emma Roberts) with her two best friends Kirby (Hayden Panettiere) and Olivia (Marielle Jaffe) get the news along with Jill’s ex boyfriend Trevor (Nico Tororella). Video blogger Robbie (Erik Knudsen) and his partner Charlie (Rory Culkin) complete the school group line up.

With Sheriff Dewey in charge he has a new squad of deputies including his new partner Judy Hicks (Marley Shelton) an old school friend of Sidney. The other two we meet are Deputy Perkins (Anthony Anderson) and Deputy Hoss (Adam Brody).

Using the ‘Stab’ movies as their reference points to how to make it out the situation the Jill, Kirby, Sidney all stay at Kate Roberts Jill mother and Sidney Aunt. Having a squad car with Perkins and Hoss in are they going to be safe?

The list of suspects is good and will keep you guessing all the way.

  • Is it the reporter who can’t write anymore
  • The Deputy who was ignored at school
  • The mysterious boyfriend
  • The film geeks who film their lives
  • The one who wants to be center of attention

Anyone could be the villain and every corner pushes a different prime suspect before pulling that name straight back off the table.

This movie keeps in the same trend of the original trilogy never taking itself too serious and having little pops at all over remakes. Even giving us the updated rules of the ‘Remake’. Add in the clever opening sequences puts you on the edge of your seat from start to brilliant revelation on the Ghost Face is. If you like the original movies you will like this fourth as it is same sense of tension through out. Even if your new to the franchise this isn’t a bad place to start up from as the back story isn’t important and what is needed to be filled in gets done in the short filled conversations.

My Rating 82%