The Rock reaches new heights on the silver screen

Skyscraper movie

By Carter Hall, Staff Reporter ⇔

The summer of 2018 is nearing its end and students at Amarillo College have class schedules in hand. For many students, the end of summer means the end of free time for fun such as going to movies. Blockbuster movies this summer have included “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” “Ant-Man & The Wasp” and most recently “Skyscraper.”

I took a break from the constant stress of taking two summer classes by checking out “Skyscraper.” This movie is filled with action, suspense and, oh yeah, duct tape…lots of duct tape. The star of this movie is none other than mega-Hollywood star Dwyane “The Rock” Johnson. In the past, Johnson was known best for his impact on the world of pro wrestling, but in recent years he continues to “lay the smackdown” on the silver screen.

I was captivated from the very beginning of the movie. The first few scenes are set 10 years in the past when Will Sawyer, played by Johnson, works as an FBI agent called into a hostage situation that goes drastically wrong leaving Sawyer injured. A decade later, Sawyer has recovered, is married to the doctor who saved his life and is working as a security analyst. A former FBI agent and friend calls on Sawyer for a safety consultation on a building in China called the Pearl, the world’s largest city in the sky so Sawyer moves his entire family to China to be the lead security consultant.

On his first day on the job, Sawyer finds himself in a frightening predicament. His former FBI agent friend is now trying to kill him. While a fight between the two begins, the Pearl catches on fire and Sawyer must channel his inner “Rock” persona to slay evil and save his family. There are no barriers he will not jump, kick, run or punch to make sure that his family stays safe.

The overall cinematography of this film is unbelievable. The lighting is masterful and the visual effects captivate viewers. The crew in charge of editing deserves an Oscar. Editing plays a major in movies of course, and I was left in awe of some of the scenes. I believe the CGI in this film, also deserves an Academy Award.

This film goes to no end to keep viewers thoroughly entertained from beginning to end. The acting is great and with each movie Dwayne Johnson makes, he gets a bit better than his last. At times, I almost forget he was once one of the biggest wrestling stars in the 1990s. “Skyscraper” had a budget of $125,000,000 and I confidently believe it will surpass that amount in ticket sales in no time if it has not already.  

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