“Skyscraper” (Universal)

Dwayne Johnson and Neve Campbell star in a scene from the movie "Skyscraper." The Catholic News Service classification, A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service

An American security expert (Dwayne Johnson) gets more than he bargained for when he agrees to review the safeguards at the world’s tallest building in Hong Kong whose owner (Chin Han) puts him and his family up there during their visit. A plot to destroy the structure leaves his wife (Neve Campbell) and kids (McKenna Roberts and Noah Cottrell) trapped by a raging multi-floor fire, with no one likely to be able to save them except Dad.

Anyone with a fear of heights will cringe as writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber puts Johnson through his hair-raising paces hundreds of stories above terra firma. Others will note that, although the battles in which Johnson engages during this easily forgotten action picture are not especially bloody, they are brutal.

Much harsh violence with some gore, a couple of gruesome images, at least one use of profanity and a milder oath, a single rough and about a half-dozen crude terms. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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