I’m not sure why, but I was kind of thinking that Skyscraper would be something special. Not like good special, but just some sort of low-key, fun action flick that riffed a bit on Die Hard and The Towering Inferno. I mean, it basically is those two movies crammed into one so expecting a bit of dumb, summer fun shouldn’t be that much to ask when you’re cobbling together two classics and have Dwayne Johnson starring.
Unfortunately, the filmmakers didn’t seem to know what kind of movie they had on their hands, playing it as straight the building it takes place in instead of ramping up the camp. Skyscraper plays into every trope in the book, replete with an incoherent set up to have a hall of mirrors shootout at the end. It’s painting by numbers at its illogical worse, and while some of those numbers can be fun, they’re mostly just dull.