On a technical level, there's a lot to be said about Skyscraper. It is when we get to some of the unnecessary embellishment of the script, the movie shoots itself in the foot. It is like a modern day Die-Hard only with a weaker script but with better CGI and a grander outlook.
It has some great action scenes and thrilling moments backed by some good visual effects. As always, Dwayne Johnson (Will Swayer) fits the role perfectly.
An FBI hostage rescue team leader loses one of his legs during a failed mission. After being off duty for close to 10 years, he now handles the security systems for skyscrapers. A friend of his tricks him into a conspiracy, but he is least bothered about that, all he wants is to save his family, which is trapped inside a burning skyscraper. Does he gets his name cleared from the conspiracy and does he rescue his family? It is a herculean task for the one-legged Swayer, but we know he is not going to stop unless he gets what he wants.
The stunts are exhilarating to watch, you know that Dwayne will do the impossible and you also know that he is going to do it the was all action heroes do, yet, the way the scene is conceived gets you glued to the screen. That is where Skyscraper clicks.
Having said that, it is hard to believe that Swayer (Dwayne) could do all that with one prosthetic leg. It is literally impossible for someone to ride a motorbike with a prosthetic left leg. Beyond a point, you don’t feel that Swayer is physically challenged. There are many such illogical scenes but you don’t find them disturbing as the screenplay is so tight and enticing to watch. It piles every known element of the action genre onto the flimsy story.
As a grand flourish of cinematic technique, Skyscraper is perfect. As a human drama, it is slightly silly. But if you are looking for nothing but a blood-drenched action picture with juvenile thrills, not worrying about silly plotting and thin character work, the film could live up to your expectations.