Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Roland Møller, Pablo Schreiber, Byron Mann, Hannah Quinlivan, Noah Taylor
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Action thriller directed and written by Rawson M. Thurber. Skyscraper centers on former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson), 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.
Our Favorite Quote:
Newscaster: From the great pyramid of Giza to the Tower of Babel, brick by brick, and stone by stone, mankind has been consumed by one singular desire, to touch the sky.
Sarah Sawyer: You okay?
Will Sawyer: Yeah, I’m good. Just a little nervous.
Sarah Sawyer: Well you look very handsome.
Will Sawyer: I just don’t want to screw it up, you know?
Sarah Sawyer: You have been preparing for this meeting for six months. You’ve got this.
Will Sawyer: Let me ask you guys a question, daddy loves who?
Henry Sawyer: Me.
Will Sawyer: Daddy loves who?
Henry Sawyer: Me!
Georgia Sawyer: Me!
Will Sawyer: Exactly. Daddy’s going to go and make that bacon.
Henry Sawyer: [as Will kisses Sarah] Gross.
Will’s Friend: Do you ever miss it?
Will Sawyer: I haven’t touched a gun in ten years, after what happened that night. I just put my sword down, you know. And without that bad luck, I never would have met Sarah, I never would have had my kids.
Zhao Long Ji: Mr. Sawyer, is your family enjoying their stay?
Will Sawyer: Very much so. They’re shocked you gave us the entire floor.
Zhao Long Ji: After your security assessment, what do you think of the building?
Man #2: With all due respect, he is a glorified security guard.
Zhao Long Ji: Please.
Will Sawyer: The Pearl is the tallest most advanced building in the world. You’ve build a vertical city, but you’ve brought with it every single safety and security challenge that I could think of. Not only have you brought them all indoors, but you’ve trapped them two hundred and forty floors in the air. No one really knows what would happen if things go wrong. But I’m just a glorified security guard, so what the hell do I know anyway?
Zhao Long Ji: Mr. Sawyer, you are the very first family we’ve had in the residential section of The Pearl. After your secure the assessment, what do you think of the building?
Will Sawyer: The Pearl is the most advanced super tall structure in the world, it’s a breathtaking achievement.
Zhao Long Ji: But?
Will Sawyer: No one really knows what would happen if things go wrong.
Kores Botha: We thought this floor was empty.
Sarah Sawyer: So did I.
Will Sawyer: What’s going on?
Zhao Long Ji: The ninety-sixth floor is on fire.
Will Sawyer: [Facetiming Sarah] Sarah, listen to me. The fire is not going to stop. Keep going up. Don’t stop. Don’t look back.
Sarah Sawyer: Okay.
Sarah Sawyer: [to Henry and Georgia] We are going to be just fine, I promise you that.
Police Officer: [as Will tries to enter the skyscraper] Get back!
Will Sawyer: Woh, woh, woh! You don’t understand, my family is in there!
Police Officer: Turn around!
Will Sawyer: [to himself as he’s climbing the skyscraper] Okay, don’t look down.
[he looks down and nearly loses his hold as he sees how high he is]
Will Sawyer: That was dumb.
Sarah Sawyer: How did you get in the building?
Will Sawyer: Jumped off a super crane.
Sarah Sawyer: What?!
Kores Botha: Just the man I was looking for. This building is protecting something that I want. You’re going to get it for me. Anything can be done with the proper motivation.
[he indicates for his men to take Will’s daughter, Georgia]
Will Sawyer: No!
Georgia Sawyer: Daddy!
Kores Botha: [to Will] Tell me, how much do you love your family?
Kores Botha: Not many people know what they would die for.
Will Sawyer: If we’re going to get out of here, you’re going to have to tell me the truth.
Zhao Long Ji: There’s a reason they chose this building.
Will Sawyer: My family is the only thing that matters to me right now.
Zhao Long Ji: This isn’t going to end the way you want it to.
Will Sawyer: If you can’t fix it with duct tape, then you ain’t using enough duct tape.
Will Sawyer: How you doing, buddy?
Henry Sawyer: I’m scared.
Will Sawyer: It’s okay to be scared. In order to be brave, we got to be a little scared. Alright? Now I need you to be brave right now. Can you do that for me?
Henry Sawyer: Yeah.
Will Sawyer: I want you to hold on to your mom. Daddy loves who?
Henry Sawyer: Me.
Will Sawyer: That’s right.
Kores Botha: [to Will] You’re going to bring Zhao and what he’s holding behind those doors to me. Or I’m going to throw your daughter off the f***ing roof. I hear it’s like heaven up there.
Zhao Long Ji: So, what’s the plan?
Will Sawyer: You got any duct tape?
Sarah Sawyer: You really need a shower.
Will Sawyer: Yes, I do.
Inspector Wu: Nice to finally meet you. You’ve got quite a family there.
Will Sawyer: I’m a lucky man.