Skyscraper

Skyscraper

2018, PG-13, 103 min. Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Roland Møller, Noah Taylor, Byron Mann, Pablo Schreiber, Hannah Quinlivan.

REVIEWED By Matthew Monagle, Fri., July 13, 2018

As long as Dwayne Johnson and Tom Cruise earn millions for jumping off giant buildings in movies, the leading man remains alive and well in Hollywood. Skyscraper is the second outing for Johnson and writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber; back in 2016, their action-comedy Central Intelligence was one of the summer’s breakout hits, and Skyscraper seems destined to follow suit, even if it is one of the weaker outings of Johnson’s illustrious career.

Years after a violent terrorist attack led to his retirement from the FBI, Will Sawyer (Johnson) finally has a chance to get his struggling security company off the ground. All Sawyer needs to do is fly to Hong Kong and perform a risk assessment of the tallest building in the world, a superstructure that contains living quarters and offices hundreds of stories above the ground. Unfortunately, Sawyer’s employers did not plan on a group of mercenaries setting the entire building on fire, and now he and his family must escape a burning skyscraper while dodging gunfire around every corner.

Johnson may not be surrounded by his usual cadre of A-list performers in Skyscraper, but each of the actors in his orbit work overtime to squeeze every last drop of value from the screenplay. Campbell, who has somehow only starred in one movie since 2011, reminds everyone that she deserves far better than Hollywood has to offer her; Møller’s scene-chewing terrorist is just the right amount of (vaguely European) evil for a summer crowdpleaser. Throw in veteran standouts like Mann and Han and everything is in place to keep the script moving along at a brisk pace.

Surprisingly, what lets Skyscraper down is its lack of scale. Its outlandish premise deserves the kind of eye-popping action sequences normally reserved for a Fast and the Furious sequel, but the film instead settles for a heavy dose of digital effects. Thurber and cinematographer Robert Elswit seem uncertain of how to blend Johnson’s outlandish physicality with their more everyman series of action beats; while the film makes good use of Sawyer’s prosthetic leg throughout, they fail to deliver the kind of signature setpieces we demand of big-budget movies these days.

And this disconnect reveals a more specific problem. Sawyer is no less a demigod among men, but without a sense of humor or a self-aware streak to balance out Johnson’s imposing physicality, we’re left with an action movie that stars Dwayne Johnson instead of a project tailored to the actor’s strengths. You could replace Johnson with Mark Wahlberg and barely miss a beat; this serves as a direct contradiction to Johnson’s career, where each character is crafted to the actor’s specific physical and comedic strengths.

In the end, it’s hard to rule out any Johnson movie entirely, but Skyscraper is more disappointment than summer sleeper. Given that Thurber and Johnson have more projects in the pipeline together, here’s hoping the two men learn from their missteps and craft a more suitable vehicle for Johnson’s unique set of skills.

Showtimes

Mon., July 23

12:00, 2:50, 5:45, 8:35, 11:20

Tue., July 24

2:50, 5:45, 8:35, 11:20
AFA 12:00

Wed., July 25

12:00, 2:50, 5:45, 8:35, 11:20

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060, drafthouse.com/austin/theater/slaughter-lane

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Mon., July 23

11:00am, 1:45, 4:30, 7:20, 10:15

Tue., July 24

2:05, 4:50, 7:40, 10:25
AFA 11:10am

Wed., July 25

11:00am, 1:45, 4:30, 7:20, 10:15

Alamo Drafthouse Village

2700 W. Anderson, 512/861-7030, drafthouse.com

Tuesday matinee Baby Day shows (first show of the day) are intended for parents and their children younger than 6. Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Mon., July 23

12:20, 4:00, 6:00, 9:40

Tue., July 24

4:00, 6:00, 9:40
AFA 12:20

Wed., July 25

12:00, 4:40, 8:40, 11:00

Thu., July 26

12:10, 3:00

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy, 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Mon., July 23

CC/DVS 11:40am, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 11:40am, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40

Tue., July 24

CC/DVS 11:40am, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 11:40am, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40

Wed., July 25

CC/DVS 11:40am, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 11:40am, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40

Cinemark 20 and XD

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Mon., July 23

3-D 4:00
3-D, luxury lounger 4:00
D-Box 12:00, 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:40
D-Box, luxury lounger 12:00, 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:40
digital 10:40am, 12:00, 1:20, 2:40, 5:20, 6:45, 8:00, 9:30, 10:40
digital, luxury lounger 10:40am, 12:00, 1:20, 2:40, 5:20, 6:45, 8:00, 9:30, 10:40

Tue., July 24

3-D 4:00
3-D, luxury lounger 4:00
D-Box 12:00, 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:40
D-Box, luxury lounger 12:00, 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:40
digital 10:40am, 12:00, 1:20, 2:40, 5:20, 6:45, 8:00, 9:30, 10:40
digital, luxury lounger 10:40am, 12:00, 1:20, 2:40, 5:20, 6:45, 8:00, 9:30, 10:40

Wed., July 25

3-D 4:00
3-D, luxury lounger 4:00
D-Box 12:00, 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:40
D-Box, luxury lounger 12:00, 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:40
digital 10:40am, 12:00, 1:20, 2:40, 5:20, 7:30, 8:00, 10:10, 10:40
digital, luxury lounger 10:40am, 12:00, 1:20, 2:40, 5:20, 7:30, 8:00, 10:10, 10:40

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Mon., July 23

3-D 5:00
3-D, luxury lounger 5:00
digital 9:00am, 11:40am, 2:20, 7:40, 10:20
digital, luxury lounger 9:00am, 11:40am, 2:20, 7:40, 10:20

Tue., July 24

3-D 5:00
3-D, luxury lounger 5:00
digital 9:00am, 11:40am, 2:20, 7:40, 10:20
digital, luxury lounger 9:00am, 11:40am, 2:20, 7:40, 10:20

Wed., July 25

3-D 5:00
3-D, luxury lounger 5:00
digital 9:00am, 11:40am, 2:20, 7:40, 10:20
digital, luxury lounger 9:00am, 11:40am, 2:20, 7:40, 10:20

Thu., July 26

3-D 5:00
3-D, luxury lounger 5:00
digital 9:00am, 11:40am, 2:20, 7:40, 10:20
digital, luxury lounger 9:00am, 11:40am, 2:20, 7:40, 10:20

Mon., July 23

3-D 9:55
3-D, luxury lounger 9:55
digital 11:05am, 1:45, 4:30, 7:10
digital, luxury lounger 11:05am, 1:45, 4:30, 7:10

Tue., July 24

3-D 9:55
3-D, luxury lounger 9:55
digital 11:05am, 1:45, 4:30, 7:10
digital, luxury lounger 11:05am, 1:45, 4:30, 7:10

Wed., July 25

3-D 9:55
3-D, luxury lounger 9:55
digital 11:05am, 1:45, 4:30, 7:10
digital, luxury lounger 11:05am, 1:45, 4:30, 7:10

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Mon., July 23

3-D 4:35
3-D, luxury lounger 4:35
digital 11:15am, 1:55, 7:15, 9:55
digital, luxury lounger 11:15am, 1:55, 7:15, 9:55

Tue., July 24

3-D 4:35
3-D, luxury lounger 4:35
digital 11:15am, 1:55, 7:15, 9:55
digital, luxury lounger 11:15am, 1:55, 7:15, 9:55

Wed., July 25

3-D 4:35
3-D, luxury lounger 4:35
digital 11:15am, 1:55, 7:15, 9:55
digital, luxury lounger 11:15am, 1:55, 7:15, 9:55

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Mon., July 23

3-D 12:30
3-D, luxury lounger 12:30
digital 10:00am, 3:00, 5:30, 8:10, 10:40
digital, luxury lounger 10:00am, 3:00, 5:30, 8:10, 10:40

Tue., July 24

3-D 12:30
3-D, luxury lounger 12:30
digital 10:00am, 3:00, 5:30, 8:10, 10:40
digital, luxury lounger 10:00am, 3:00, 5:30, 8:10, 10:40

Wed., July 25

3-D 12:30
3-D, luxury lounger 12:30
digital 10:00am, 3:00, 5:30, 8:10, 10:40
digital, luxury lounger 10:00am, 3:00, 5:30, 8:10, 10:40

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938, www.cinemark.com

Tue., July 24

3-D 4:05
digital 10:15am, 1:10, 7:00, 9:30

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown, 512/868-9922

Mon., July 23

10:15am, 1:05, 4:00, 6:55, 10:00

Tue., July 24

10:15am, 1:05, 4:00, 6:55, 10:00

Wed., July 25

10:15am, 1:05, 4:00, 6:55, 10:00

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Mon., July 23

11:35am, 2:10, 4:40, 8:15, 9:45

Tue., July 24

11:35am, 2:10, 4:40, 8:15, 9:45

Wed., July 25

11:35am, 2:10, 4:40, 9:45
OC 8:15
OpenCap 8:15

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549, www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

Mon., July 23

CC 11:00am, 2:00, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30

Tue., July 24

CC 10:15am, 2:15, 4:30, 8:00, 10:30

Wed., July 25

CC 11:00am, 2:00, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30

Thu., July 26

CC 11:00am, 2:00, 5:30, 7:45, 10:30

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Mon., July 23

3-D, CC/DVS 12:15, 3:35, 7:10, 9:55
CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:25, 5:05, 7:45, 10:30

Tue., July 24

3-D, CC/DVS 12:15, 3:35, 7:10, 9:55
CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:25, 5:05, 7:45, 10:30

Wed., July 25

3-D, CC/DVS 12:15, 3:35, 7:10, 9:55
CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:25, 5:05, 7:45, 10:30

Hometown Cinemas

120 MLK Jr. Industrial Blvd. W, Lockhart, 512/398-4100, www.hometowncinemas.com

Mon., July 23

CC 11:45am, 2:15, 4:35, 7:20, 9:35

Tue., July 24

CC 11:45am, 2:15, 4:35, 7:20, 9:35

Wed., July 25

CC 11:45am, 2:15, 4:35, 7:20, 9:35

Thu., July 26

CC 11:45am, 2:15, 4:35, 7:20, 9:35

iPic Theaters Austin

3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400, www.ipic.com

Mon., July 23

11:00am, 2:00, 5:00, 8:00, 11:00

Tue., July 24

11:00am, 2:00, 5:00, 8:00, 11:00

Wed., July 25

11:00am, 2:00, 5:00, 8:00, 11:00

AMC Lakeline 9

11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/335-4793

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Mon., July 23

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:40, 5:15, 8:00
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 12:00, 2:40, 5:15, 8:00

Tue., July 24

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:40, 5:15, 8:00
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 12:00, 2:40, 5:15, 8:00

Wed., July 25

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:40, 5:15, 8:00
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 12:00, 2:40, 5:15, 8:00

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Mon., July 23

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45

Tue., July 24

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45

Wed., July 25

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45

Thu., July 26

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 N. FM 620, Bldg. B, 512/501-3520, www.themoviehouse.com/trails/

Mon., July 23

Reserved Seating 10:55am, 1:50, 4:45, 7:45, 10:55

Tue., July 24

Reserved Seating 10:55am, 1:50, 10:55

Wed., July 25

Reserved Seating 10:55am, 1:50, 4:45, 7:45, 10:55

Thu., July 26

Reserved Seating 10:55am, 1:50, 4:45, 7:45, 10:55

Moviehouse & Eatery - Lantana Place

7415 Southwest Parkway, Building 7, 512/572-0770, www.themoviehouse.com/lantana/

Mon., July 23

Reserved Seating 10:00am, 1:00, 4:35, 7:00, 10:40

Tue., July 24

Reserved Seating 1:00, 4:35, 7:00, 10:40

Wed., July 25

Reserved Seating 10:00am, 1:00, 4:35, 7:00, 10:40

Thu., July 26

Reserved Seating 10:00am, 1:00, 4:35, 10:40

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop, 512/321-0123, www.schulmantheatres.com

Mon., July 23

9:55am, 12:55, 3:55, 6:50, 9:55

Tue., July 24

12:55, 3:55, 6:50, 9:55

Wed., July 25

9:55am, 12:55, 3:55, 6:50, 9:55

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

Mon., July 23

11:30am, 4:35, 7:10, 9:45
3-D 2:05

Tue., July 24

11:30am, 4:35, 7:10, 9:45
3-D 2:05

Wed., July 25

11:50am, 4:55, 7:25, 10:00
3-D 2:20

Sky Cinemas

13201 US-290, 512/457-0700, www.skycinemas.com

Mon., July 23

11:00am, 12:35, 1:15, 3:10, 4:30, 5:45, 7:00, 9:00

Tue., July 24

11:00am, 12:35, 1:15, 3:10, 4:30, 5:45, 7:00, 9:00

Wed., July 25

11:00am, 12:35, 1:15, 3:10, 4:35, 5:45, 9:00

Thu., July 26

11:00am, 12:35, 1:15, 3:10, 4:30, 5:45

Mon., July 23

11:00am, 3:20, 6:30, 10:45

Tue., July 24

11:00am, 3:20, 6:30, 10:45

Wed., July 25

11:15am, 2:00, 4:35, 7:15, 10:50

Starplex 12 San Marcos

1250 Wonder World Drive, San Marcos, 512/805-8000

Mon., July 23

11:40am, 2:15, 4:50, 7:25, 10:00

Tue., July 24

11:40am, 2:15, 4:50, 7:25, 10:00

Wed., July 25

11:40am, 2:15, 4:50, 7:25, 10:00

Thu., July 26

11:40am, 2:15, 4:50, 7:25, 10:00

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Mon., July 23

CC/DVS 10:30am, 12:05, 2:35, 5:00, 7:35, 10:00

Tue., July 24

CC/DVS 10:30am, 12:05, 2:35, 5:00, 7:35, 10:00

Wed., July 25

CC/DVS 10:30am, 12:05, 2:35, 5:00, 7:35, 10:00

Thu., July 26

CC/DVS 10:30am, 11:10am, 1:40, 4:05, 6:30, 9:45

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