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A teaser has been released for the Dwayne Johnson headlined action/thriller Skyscraper, ahead of the full-length trailer's arrival this Sunday during Super Bowl LII. The film reunites The Rock with his Central Intelligence director Rawson Marshall Thurber, but is a far cry from either that action/comedy or anything else that Thurber has helmed to date (see also the comedies Dodgeball: A True Underdog's Story and We're the Millers). As for Johnson, he plays his usual impressively over-achieving type here, this time in the form of former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and military veteran Will Ford.
Skyscraper, which Thurber wrote in addition to directing, finds Ford now making his living assessing the safety of the world's tallest skyscrapers, and spending his downtime with his loving family. That's before everything goes wrong and fast while Ford is on an assignment in China, checking out what is being promoted as the world's tallest and safest skyscraper by the building's architects. After Ford raises concerns with its design, he not at all suspiciously finds himself framed for setting the building on fire and must prove his innocence, while also rescuing his family when they find themselves trapped in the skyscraper.
A teaser for the official Skyscraper trailer has now been released online (courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes), confirming that the full-length preview will launch during the 2018 Super Bowl. The teaser, which has been embedded in the space above, hints at the larger plot of the movie while establishing just how massive the titular building really is - dwarfing even the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, aka. the really tall building that Tom Cruise swung around in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.
Neve Campbell costars in Skyscraper as Johnson's wife (aka. Mrs. Ford), along with a supporting cast that includes Pablo Schreiber (American Gods), Chin Han (Ghost in the Shell), Kevin Rankin (Claws), Adrian Holmes (Arrow), and Bryn Mann (Blood and Water). Skyscraper will serve as the second film headlined by Johnson this year, following the release of the video game adaptation Rampage (which launches in April) and ahead of the wrestling comedy/drama Fighting with My Family (which hits the scene in September).
As cheesy and preposterous as Skyscraper already looks and sounds, it also has the makings of an entertaining thrill ride and a refreshingly grittier action movie offering from The Rock. The film should also make good use of its vertigo-inducing central set piece thanks to the efforts of its cinematographer Robert Elswit, who previously demonstrated a knack for filming action sequences set at great heights in both Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and its immediate followup Rogue Nation. Who knows, Skyscraper might yet prove to be The Rock's Die Hard in the best way possible.
Check back this Sunday on Screen Rant for the full Skyscraper Super Bowl LII trailer!
Source: Rotten Tomatoes
- Skyscraper (2018) release date: Jul 13, 2018