As Hollywood’s biggest action star, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson certainly doesn’t seem to be having problems finding work at the moment. Even when he’s not riding alongside Vin Diesel and his Fast & Furious cohorts the 46-year-old actor is busying himself with other big budget movie projects, from last year’s action-comedy Jumanji: Welcome To the Jungle, to the recent disaster film Rampage. Of course, Johnson also has a TV presence as well having landed the lead role in HBO’s football comedy series Ballers, which he also executive produces. The former WWE superstar keeps himself busy then, but perhaps a more important part of his success lies within his ability to understand where his talents are best put to use.
Following the solid performance of Rampage, which grossed around $407.9 million at the worldwide box office, Johnson will be sticking with the disaster movie genre for his next film Skyscraper which sees him play Will Ford, a former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader turned skyscraper security assessor.
Right from the get go film’s new trailer shows us Ford’s injuries sustained in his previous line of work, where he now has a prosthetic leg – which at the same time notifies us of his level of experience. He, along with his young family, have moved to China where Ford is assessing the safety and structural integrity of the world’s new tallest building, which looks to be an interesting set piece in and of itself, with floors dedicated to a wide range of different purposes, such as one that is basically a suburban American family house and yard. Ultimately, however, it looks as though there’s some details that the scraper’s owners are not sharing with Ford and the movie’s elite team of bad guys seem to be interested in whatever secrets the tower is housing.
Official Description & Trailer:
Global icon Dwayne Johnson leads the cast of Legendary’s Skyscraper as former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Sawyer, who now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in China 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 is trapped inside the building…above the fire line.
One of the early criticisms of the new trailer has been just how much of the film is being shown here, and we’ve seen many comments along the lines of, “I feel like I just watched the whole movie”. This is becoming more common than ever before with big budget titles almost as though marketing teams are being directed to sell a movie by showing as many of its ‘highlight reel’ moments as possible in the trailers. That said, the new footage does deliver in terms of providing an insight into the story (possibly too much) and showing-off the film’s out of this world action sequences, which are exactly what will get people out to the cinemas to see it.
Both San Andreas (2015) and Rampage took an extreme(-ly ridiculous) premise and instead of taking the easier comedic route opted to bring a more serious and dramatic approach to the material, which Johnson was actually able to handle well. Skyscraper looks as though it’s doing the same, which marks a big change for writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber whose previous work mostly consisted of comedies, including 2016’s Central Intelligence in which The Rock starred alongside Kevin Hart.
The big question though is can Skyscraper break out of some of the genre’s usual tropes and deliver some unexpected surprises? Although the trailer seems to put that in doubt we sincerely hope that it will.
Skyscraper opens in cinemas July 12th