Skyscraper sucks Dwayne Johnson into a see-saw battle

US actor Dwayne Johnson attends the premiere of "Skyscraper" on July 10, 2018 in New York City. (AFP)
Updated 30 July 2018

Skyscraper sucks Dwayne Johnson into a see-saw battle

CHENNAI: Most disaster films seem alike, with amazing action and thrilling turnabouts, but a few have a soul and a spirit, such as "Titanic," whose images of tragic love and longing woven into class conflict remain with us for ever. Rawson Marshall Thurber’s "Skyscraper" may not be quite as memorable, but it has a spirited story to tell us.

Actor Dwayne Johnson, a retired professional wrestler seen in movies such as "Fast and Furious," "Walking Tall," "Central Intelligence" and "Baywatch," has a disastrous beginning in "Skyscraper." As Federal Bureau of Investigation operative Will Sawyer, he loses his leg during a conflict and retires with a prosthetic limb as a security consultant, and a combat-surgeon wife, Sarah (Neve Campbell).

A decade later, Sawyer is hired by Hong Kong real-estate magnate Zhao Long Ji (Singaporean star Chin Han), to protect his pet project, The Pearl, three times taller than New York’s Empire State Building and even the Burj Khalifa — and labelled as the “safest super structure.” But before Zhao can sell the apartments in the building, Sawyer’s wife and two children move in, and disaster strikes. Terrorists with a personal axe to grind steal the safety control drive from Sawyer, deactivate The Pearl’s alarm system as well as water sprinklers, and set the 240-story edifice on fire. Their motive is to steal a flash drive locked up in Zhao’s penthouse in the building.

Sawyer, who is then outside, begins a death-defying mission to save his family and perhaps Zhao, but not before he is made a suspect by the Hong Kong cops, but cheered at every swing, every daredevil act by the onlookers down below. There are very tense moments when Sarah, trying to escape the inferno, is separated from her children, and the children themselves end up on a burning ridge with the villains trying to shoot them dead.

Skyscraper, despite its emotional highs, is a film that requires you to leave your thinking caps at home. This is no work of logic or realism, more about feats that defy belief from a man with an artificial leg. But if you are ready to crunch popcorn, sip cola and let yourself go along with Sawyer’s see-saw battle, "Skyscraper" may be worth the time and money.

Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra considers role in Arabic films

Updated 03 August 2020

Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra considers role in Arabic films

DUBAI: Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas revealed in an interview with Africa News this week that she would “love to” star in Arabic films.

“I just don’t speak the language,” said Chopra Jonas. “I think that I would love to be a part of the film industry anywhere. I love my job and I would learn a new language if I have to.”

The 38-year-old producer, who has a couple of Hollywood flicks under her belt, said she is working on an unscripted series with her husband, the American singer and songwriter Nick Jonas.

“I am developing a show with my husband which is for Amazon. It is based on the Indian tradition of sangeet (a music-filled pre-marriage ceremony),” she said.


Felt like wearing a saree. So I did...At home. Miss everyone. @nickjonas

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She is also working on a new series for Amazon, produced by the Russo brothers, and a “buddy comedy” with actress Mindy Kaling.

The UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and the former Miss World has been using her social media platforms over the past few months to raise awareness about the coronavirus pandemic.



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Chopra Jonas, who started her career 20 years ago, has hosted an Instagram session with doctors and experts from the World Health Organization who answered frequently asked questions about the virus.