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Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Skyscraper’ shows determination of family

October 19, 2018 GMT

John Gillispie shares his thoughts on “Skyscraper,” which is rated PG-13 and is available on DVD.

As a security analyst Will Sawyer, Dwayne Johnson has to fight against a raging fire and a bunch of bad guys led by Kores Botha (Roland Moller) to save his family in “Skyscraper.”

Before he can even try to rescue his family, Will has to get into the new Hong Kong building called The Pearl, which has more than 200 levels and is called the tallest building on Earth.

The amazing building features a large park in its interior section and a sphere at the top, where a pivotal scene will unfold near the end of the film.

It takes a Herculean effort for Will just to get into the building at a level higher than the fire, which is dozens of floors above the ground. It’s believable that Will is able to achieve such super human feats of strength because he is trying to save wife Sarah (Neve Campbell) and twins Georgia (McKenna Roberts) and Henry (Noah Cottrell).

Villain Botha and his men have set the fire in an attempt to retrieve something very valuable from Zhao Long Ji (Chin Han), who is the businessman responsible for The Pearl.

Meanwhile, Sarah, Georgia and Henry have to keep scrambling to higher floors in the building to stay ahead of the spreading fire while trying to avoid Botha’s armed men.

As a viewer, I was caught up in the family’s efforts to help one another escape the inferno and outwit the bad guys. Johnson is good in his role as is Campbell, whose character is able to use her wits and fighting skills to survive and help save her family.

While it could have used some humor to break the tension at times, “Skyscraper” has several compelling scenes and lots of special effects. The movie kept ringing true to me because of the story line consists of two parents doing whatever they can to save their children.

John Gillispie is the public relations director for the Huntington Museum of Art.