We have a candidate for the worst movie of the year.

“Skyscraper” is a towering pile of …

Uh, maybe I should start again.

We have a candidate for the worst movie of the year: “Skyscraper.” It’s so irritatingly bad that I was tempted to play tic tac toe – in the dark, against myself – rather than continuing to submit myself to the film’s stupidity. Ah, but my job is to watch what’s on the screen.

Dwayne Johnson – who should continue to call himself the Rock, it’s a much cooler name – plays Will Sawyer, an ex-military guy who, in the film’s opening, has most of a leg blown off during a hostage situation. Now, 16 years later, he’s hired as a safety assessor for Hong Kong’s newly built Pearl, the world’s tallest building – three times the height of the Empire State Building! Built by Zhao Long Ji (Chin Han), the Pearl has state-of-the-art safety and security systems that will prevent fires from spreading in the building.

Supposedly.

Before the residential section in the top half of the building can open, Will must check things out. So far, only he and his family – former naval surgeon wife Sarah (Neve Campbell and two young kids – are staying in those quarters, though Zhao and a few of his associates are working near the top of the ’scraper.

Enter the bad guys, led by extortionist Kores Botha (Roland Moller). They hack the safety system, start fires that threaten to take the building down (really, I’m not giving anything away), and go after Zhao. While Will is dodging killers outside the Pearl, Sarah and kiddos are trapped inside. It’s up to Will to save the day.

As he attempts to do just that, Will performs superheroic feats that call to mind Spider-Man (rapidly climbing tall structures), Superman (“It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s .. Will Sawyer?”) and Tarzan (swinging around the building as if on a vine).

It’s all ludicrous, of course. But that isn’t nearly the worst of it. Writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber (who also made the funny “Dodgeball: a True Underdog Story”) includes crowds below cheering Will’s every exploit outside the building and cops watching them on a monitor so they can describe for us everything we can see for ourselves.

Thurber also telegraphs every “surprise” that’s about to occur. Zhao associates who turn out to be in league with the baddies might as well carry signs that say “I’m not what I seem”; they’re so obvious. An early line about how you can sometimes fix things by simply turning them off then turning them on again is clearly going to come into play later. And a room of mirrors that Zhao shows off to Will toward the beginning? You just know where that’s heading – even if you haven’t seen the climactic hall of mirrors scene in Orson Welles’ “The Lady From Shanghai.”

If you’ve seen the movie’s poster, you know Will will be hanging on for dear life at some point. But there are at least four scenes (I stopped counting) when he or someone else is doing the same thing.

And then there are those whiny Sawyer kids. While Will tries to save them, we want to be saved from them.

No such luck.