Universal has released a new SKYSCRAPER trailer. The film is based on an original idea by writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber (WE’RE THE MILLERS) and stars Dwayne Johnson as a former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader who now assesses security for skyscrapers. While assessing the tallest building in the world in China, the thing goes up in flames and he’s being framed for the crime. In a race against time, Johnson must save his family and clear his name.
I’m pretty excited for a movie that’s just a straight action flick that’s not based on any pre-existing property. Yes, the DIE HARD comparisons are inevitable, but it’s still just straight-up action with Dwayne Johnson fighting bad guys and trying to save his family. Sadly, the entire movie looks like it was done on a green screen, and while that’s par for the course for most tentpoles, those tentpoles also offer up something fantastical like aliens or monsters. In this case, it’s just a really tall building that’s on fire. The VFX are what they are, but hopefully they’re not distracting in the finished film.
SKYSCRAPER opens July 13th and also stars Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Noah Taylor, Roland Møller, Byron Mann, Pablo Schreiber, and Hannah Quinlivan.