30 years ago Die Hard Changed the face of Action Cinema for 3 reasons. 1 , it changed the narrative of Action films forever and created a new bench mark. 2 It created one of the biggest Action Stars in History ( Bruce Willis ) and Third Joel Silver etched is name as one of the greatest Action film producers of all times.
Exactly 30 years and a few days later another Massive Action Star Dwayne the Rock Johnson brings to you a highly jacked up on Steroids version of Die Hard titled Skyscraper .Will Dwayne’s version out do bruce’s is , let’s find out.
Former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran, Will Sawyer, now assesses security for skyscrapers, though an amputee Sawyer can do his job better than anyone else. Seeing his Skills Sawyer and his family are recruited to Hong Kong to guard the security of ” The Pearl”
Standing at 3,500 feet (1,100 m) and 225 stories tall, a high level Asian financier has financed the construction of the world’s tallest skyscraper .
Although the construction nears completion on this super-skyscraper with all the floors already constructed, the construction process has not been without complications.
Halfway through the construction process, rival gangsters under the control of Kores Botha, an international terrorist kingpin, decide to use their control of construction crews working on the skyscraper to extort millions of dollars in shakedown payments for preventing a massive strike of construction workers, potentially halting its progress.
The financiers of the skyscraper agree to the shakedown amounts, but not without carefully tracking and recording Botha’s international money laundering scheme in his attempt to “legitimize” the funds he has extorted. The financiers believe that the memory card they have created containing the money laundering tracking information on Botha will provide them with insurance against any attempt by Botha to extort money from them a second time.
Botha learns of the existence of the memory card and makes it a personal priority to retrieve the memory card in order to destroy it and the incriminating information it contains. What follows next is a viscous attack on the pearl though believed unbreachable the Pearl soon releases that it has been breached easily , things get further heated when Sawyers family gets caught in the middle of things. Sawyer must go through all lengths to stop the terrorist from harming his family and saving the pearl. Will he be able to that’s what makes the rest of the tale.
Rawson Marshell Tumbler has previously worked with Johnson on Central intelligence and is working with him in the upcoming red notice making an extremely entertaining film . At 102 minute’s plus the film is an entertaining watch with some truly breath taking Stunts. Marshall shows that he can handle a film on a large Canvas.
Stunt coodinator Robert Alonzo put’s together an intelligent team that knows how to work complicated wire work. Though the fight choreography wasn’t the best it kept with the tempo of the film.
Of the performances the film belongs whole and sole to Dwayne Johnson. He proves why he is one of the biggest Action Stars in the planet . His hardwork and dedication shows in each scene. He’s put in an excellent performance. Neva Campbell too puts in a fantastic performance .
On the whole Skyscraper is a highly entertaining fun watch. The only reason it under performed at the domestic Box office was because of an over indulgence of Dwayne Johnson who’s had 3 releases in the last 7 months.
The film that opened in China today is off to a flying start with a 40 % AO , in India too it took a 20 % opening . China is a much Wider release and the film is well on it’s way to doing a 50 million first frame . India too the numbers should be in the range of 250 thousand plus day 1.
We at amdb.in wish the entire team al the very best.
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