Parents' Guide to

Sky High

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Man rises to top of criminal gang; violence, language, sex.

Movie NR 2020 121 minutes
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This is a movie that seems interesting but loses steam. Sky High gets off to a promising start, introducing a sweet and likable Angel, but as he becomes irretrievably corrupt and as he arrogantly thumbs his nose at the police, the action stagnates into a one-note, repeating pattern. Angel seems like a nice guy, so it's difficult to believe his transformation into a ruthless, macho hothead. And a narrative with so much potential gets bogged down in showy, fast-paced editing designed to showcase precise and dazzling capers. The dazzle wears off as the plot settles into a predictable rinse-and-repeat cycle -- a series of dull and pointlessly risky tensions and risks. Even the enormously sympathetic Herron can't inject the newly ruthless Angel with sufficient charm to keep us interested for two long hours.

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