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From the very beginning of the film's existence, many fans (and people involved with the movie) have drawn comparisons between Skyscraper and Die Hard. The Bruce Willis-fronted action classic remains a benchmark for the genre, and it's no secret that many films have attempted to use that formula in a variety of ways over the years. However, I recently had a chance to ask Skyscraper director, Rawson Marshall Thurber, why so many Die Hard knockoffs have failed, and he noted that too many of them have neglected to treat their heroes as real men. In our interview, Thurber explained:
If you have seen Die Hard, then you likely already know exactly what Rawson Marshall Thurber is referring to here. It's the scene in which John McClane pulls the glass out of his feet and begins to accept the fact that he may not survive Christmas Eve to see his wife again. That's the core of what Die Hard is supposed to be, and as Rawson Marshall Thurber explained, a lot of the lesser Die Hard imitations eventually missed that point by copying the premise or the badass action without also imitating the human hook of the story.
If you want to see the Die Hard scene that Rawson Marshall Thurber is talking about, check out the clip, below!
Skyscraper seemingly learns from these errors by embracing a story about a man trying to get his family back in the face of an impossible situation. The film centers on Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson), a security expert/wounded law enforcement veteran forced to fight his way back into the newly-constructed tallest building in the world when terrorists take over and trap his wife and children inside.
Skyscraper is now in theaters, so make sure to check it out and head over to our full review of the movie to read everything that we here at CinemaBlend have to say about it! Looking beyond The Rock's homage to Die Hard, you can also take a look at our 2018 movie premiere guide to stay in-the-loop on all of the biggest and best films set to debut this year!