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Rondeau's Reviews: 'Skyscraper'



There's a chance that Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson might actually be a great actor, but if he keeps making stinkers like "Skyscraper," we'll never find out. It's not that "Skyscraper" is unwatchable, it just feels like a watered-down version of something you've seen before. But for the sake of fairness, let me walk you through it.

The Rock plays a former FBI agent and amputee - don't ask - who finds his family trapped in a burning high rise - don't ask - antagonized by European terrorists - FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DON'T ASK.

In order to save his wife and kids The Rock must outfox not only flames, but a bevy of bad guys while a captivated crowd watching from below applauds every eye-rolling stunt. At one point during film The Rock himself looks at the camera and says "This is stupid," and I swear the entire theater responded, "I know right?"

"Skyscraper" aims to be a cross between "Die Hard", "Towering Inferno," and "McGyver," but in the end it comes off more like that episode of "Three's Company" where Chrissie leaves the curling iron plugged in and Mrs. Roper's wig catches on fire. Boy that was a scary episode!

I give "Skyscraper" two books of matches.