Skyscraper Review: 5 Ups & 5 Downs

Die Hard without a brain.

Skyscraper Dwayne Johnson
Universal

Dwayne Johnson's new big-budget action romp Skyscraper is out now in cinemas worldwide, and to the surprise of just about nobody, it's scored decidedly mixed reviews from critics so far.

An uneven if mildly amusing child of Die Hard and The Towering Inferno, Skyscraper coasts off Johnson's easy charm and some knowingly absurd set-pieces, even if a far smarter and more ambitious film was clearly possible with this cast and these considerable resources.

It sadly doesn't ever reach the loony highs of Johnson's prior summer blast earlier this year, the dementedly dumb Rampage, but it's still easy enough viewing, even if you probably won't remember too much of it in a week or two.

If you're craving disposable popcorn entertainment you could do much worse - for one, you could see The First Purge instead - and if nothing else it delivers basically competent yet not particularly inspired thrills.

You pretty much know what you're getting with this one, so act accordingly...

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