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Reach new heights with Skyscraper

Reach new heights with Skyscraper

As Dwayne Johnson’s latest supersized blockbuster arrives on Sky Cinema, we take a look at how he compares to some of cinema’s tallest towers

He’s fought giant crocodiles, survived the jungles of Jumanji and saved the day in San Andreas. But Skyscraper sees Dwayne Johnson face his toughest (and tallest) challenge yet…

Skyscraper, available from Friday 29 March in Sky Cinema on demand. Cert 12. Also available in HD

Put simply, Skyscraper combines the kind of non-stop, all-out, punch-tastic action we came to know and love in the 1980s with the smooth, seamless special effects of modern-day blockbusters.


Then, as seems to be the recipe for any box office hit released in the last few years, Dwayne Johnson (aka wrestling superstar The Rock) is thrown into the mix, to brilliantly bonkers yet suitably nerve-wracking effect.

It’s a belter of a film, with everyone’s favourite action star at his muscly, steely-eyed best as an amputee FBI agent turned security expert who is tasked with assessing the world’s tallest building for any and all imaginable threats.


But, when a band of pesky criminals start a blaze midway up, he has to battle to save his family, as well as the thousands of residents living inside The Pearl tower in Hong Kong.


The premise (though eerily similar to, well, just about every other tower-based thriller) sets itself apart from the rest with jaw-dropping set pieces (shout out to that scene on the crane) and a fictional skyscraper so big that even The Rock finds himself standing in its shadow.


The Pearl is just the latest in a long line of cinematic buildings absolutely key to the plot – some of which are fictional, thanks to modern-day computer wizardry, while others are real, thanks to architects, engineers, builders... you get the idea.


But wait, we hear you cry, how many Dwayne Johnson’s would you need to stack on top of one another to reach the heights of some of cinema’s other tallest towers?


Well fear not, dear reader, for we have crunched the numbers, mathsed harder than we have for decades, and created this handy, Johnson-sized scale guide so that you can answer that very question…


How many Johnsons?

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