The Rock saves the day – again

Shepparton News - - WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT - BREANNA ZAMPAGLIONE week­endlife@shep­p­

Dwayne John­son is the one man on Earth who can sin­gle-hand­edly save the world — if the past year of Ålm re­leases can be be­lieved.

In his lat­est ac­tion block­buster Skyscraper, The Rock turns his at­ten­tion to sav­ing women and chil­dren from the tallest build­ing in the world while it is on Åre.

Throw in a sub­plot in­volv­ing a crim­i­nal mas­ter­mind and a black­mail­ing scheme and you’ve got your hands full of ac­tion and sus­pense.

For­mer war vet­eran and FBI hostage res­cue leader Will Ford is now a skyscraper se­cu­rity as­ses­sor who has been re­cruited to as­sess The Pearl, a new build­ing devel­op­ment which is the tallest build­ing in the world and due to open to the pub­lic in weeks.

But when his ac­cess lo­gin to the build­ings se­cu­rity is used to set the apart­ment AEoors of the build­ing on Åre and dis­man­tle all Åre-safety mea­sures, Will Ånds him­self on the run from au­thor­i­ties and des­per­ate to prove his in­no­cence un­til he learns of a more press­ing mat­ter — his fam­ily, who have been liv­ing in The Pearl while he com­pleted his job, are stuck on the AEoors above the Åre with no safe es­cape route to the ground.

At risk of los­ing every­thing he loves, Will must get into the build­ing to save his fam­ily and prove the im­pos­si­ble can be­come pos­si­ble with the strength of love.

It’s a solid but sim­ple premise for a Ålm that moves along eas­ily and gives a sharp and sim­ple ex­pla­na­tion for most of the events.

The vis­ual ef­fects are a stun­ning dis­play of modern Ålm tech­nol­ogy and are a star on their own, with plenty of mo­ments that will make au­di­ences feel as though they have ver­tigo from the dan­gling heights and clever cam­era-work.

John­son is a great lead­ing man for this and shows a de­vo­tion to the fam­ily nar­ra­tive that is reAEec­tive of his true fam­ily val­ues, which gives an ex­tra punch to the emo­tions.

While it cer­tainly isn’t the best ac­tion movie to hit the screens in re­cent months,

Skyscraper has some great mo­ments and will sat­isfy all crowds.

But if you suf­fer from a fear of heights, be warned that you might be feel­ing a lit­tle more than dizzy dur­ing some key scenes.

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