Why Skyscraper’s Big Finale Was Super Hard To Film
Rawson Marshall Thurber's Skyscraper is filled with massive action sequences, a number of them involving dangling from crazy high precipices, but its big finale offers a rather complex final showdown. The big battle between the heroes and the villains takes place in a room filled with mirrors, and as a result you're left never being 100% sure if you're looking at a person or a reflection. It winds up being very confusing for the characters in the movie, but it was also challenging for the film's stars -- as actor Chin Han recently told me:
With Skyscraper arriving on home video this week, I recently had the opportunity to hop on the phone with Chin Han to talk about his experience filming the movie. I asked him about what the greatest challenge was on set, and he went into detail about the final fight, and why it was not only complicated from an acting standpoint, but from a cinematography standpoint as well.
Because of all the mirrors on set -- and no, it wasn't just all CGI -- there was a very important awareness of camera placement, and that resulted in all of the actors needing to execute what was essentially very specific choreography. One step the wrong way results in a camera adjustment, and that adjustment could blow the take. As Chin Han explained it,
It definitely sounds like a lot of hard work, but at the same time it is a shootout featuring one of the biggest action stars in the world, which I'm helped the atmosphere on set. And even among all of the thrills, Skyscraper does primarily stand out as being fun.
In retrospect, Chin Han seemed proud of the work he did in the film, and also noted that there actually was a lot more to the scene that audiences didn't get to see in theaters. That being said, if you pick up the Blu-ray or DVD, you'll get an extended look:
In Skyscraper, Chin Han plays Zhao Long Ji, the man responsible for the construction of a building that is not only the tallest in Hong Kong, but easily the most technologically advanced. Unfortunately, he also has some dark secrets from his past that come back to haunt him, and when his building is set on fire, his only real hope for rescue is Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson), a U.S. Marine war veteran and retired FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader.
As noted above, Skyscraper (opens in new tab) is now available for home video purchase, including on digital, 4K, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and DVD formats.
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