What critics are saying about The Rock’s Vancouver-filmed Skyscraper

Q: What do you get when you mix the Towering Inferno, Die Hard and The Rock?

A: Something loud and fun, but ultimately forgettable.

With a 51 per cent Rotten Tomatoes score, Skyscraper, the Vancouver-filmed blockbuster from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, is getting mixed reviews from critics.

The film, which hits theatres today, tells the story of Will Ford, a one-legged former FBI agent who must save his family from terrorists in a burning Hong Kong skyscraper.

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The critics who gave Skyscraper a passing grade did so with one qualification — they all mentioned how stupid it is.

Fun but dumb

“It’s extremely stupid, but a lot of fun,” said NPR’s Linda Holmes.

The Washington Post’s Michael O’Sullivan calls Skyscraper ”dumb summer fun.”

“Skyscraper is one of the stupidest movies I’ve seen since San Andreas, but I enjoyed it a great deal – more than San Andreas,” said David Edelstein of New York Magazine.

Postmedia’s Chris Knight says the movie still succeeds because of the likability of its star.

“But Johnson is fast becoming the go-to guy to sell hokey circumstances with just enough of a wink to let you know that he’s in on the joke,” Knight said.

Skyscaper, with bloated production budget of $135 million, was shot in these parts last fall.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson meets with fans in Surrey on Oct. 14., 2017.

Mara Reinstein of US Weekly said she was distracted by all the CGI used to transform Vancouver and Surrey into Hong Kong.

“How are we supposed to be genuinely delighted or thrilled or care about the plight of the Sawyer family when it’s obvious that this Hong Kong tower and its internal guts were digitally inserted in a Hollywood editing room? The reliance on the green screen zaps all the tension,” she said.

Sara Stewart of the New York Post said the movie suffers from a lack originality.

“The whole film feels as if it’s on autopilot, or maybe written by artificial intelligence that’s been fed a steady diet of the “Die Hard” oeuvre, “Speed,” “Das Boot” and, I’m guessing, “The Towering Inferno,” Stewart said.

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Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment


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