Tower Heist Reviews
Original review "Tower Heist" is kind of like a comedic version of the "Ocean's 11" movies. Alan Alda plays a millionaire who invests his workers pensions fraudulently, then loses it all. While awaiting his trial the workers, headed by Ben Stiller, decide to plan a heist and steal their money back from his penthouse apartment. The heist is very entertaining and pretty clever(although parts are predictable). The cast is very well rounded with Eddie Murphy, Michael Pena, Casey Affleck, and Gabourey Sidibe all taking part in the heist and providing plenty of laughs and some memorable lines. While the movie probably won't be remembered as long as some of Stiller and Murphy's other notable movies( "Meet the Parents", "Nutty Professor"), it is still worth a watch, and I could see a sequel coming out down the line. Good fall comedy if you need a laugh or just need to kill an hour or so.
However, it's all pretty generic and by the numbers, and there's not a staggering amount of weight, so some of the more suspenseful stuff just seemed all for naught by the end, but hey, it's never boring, even if it doesn't try as hard as it should, espeically given the timely nature of the material since it's about a group of working stuff who plot to get revenge on the billionaire who stole their retirement funds.
There's a large well known cast here, but none of them are all that interesting, mostly because the film isn't concerned with having a sharp script. That's one of the major things that sets this apart from the Ocean's films, well, also the fact that Ratner can't compare to Soderbergh, etc. But, the film is really pretty stinkin' funny a lot of the time. There's some missed opportunities, and some of the stuff (like Gabourey Sidibe as a Jamaican maid) is a painful regression, but Murphy delivers some of his best (funny) work in a very long time, and he's definitely one of the best parts of the movie. Sidibe did okay with the material, but it just upsets me that they couldn't have done something more original. Alan Alda is also good as the Bernie Madoff type of antagonist, but he's not quite as charmingly menacing and smarmy as I was hoping for. Still, not a bad job.
I'm all over the place when it comes to Ratner. He's far from being the worst, but the guy should be a lot better than he is, and it makes me wonder why he consistently putzes around with this kind of crap when he's capable of more. Hmm, maybe he just likes delivering this sort of thing, and doesn't care.
Enough rambling. While the film does have some good moments, and is admittedly really entertaining, it's really not all that special or innovative, or especially memorable either.
Good movie! It is actually very entertaining and the performances from the entire cast are solid. I laughed a lot and more than I expected. It also has quite a few twists and turns which I wasn't expecting and which should keep you interested. The chemistry between Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy is very good too and they both provide a couple of very memorable scenes. If you are looking for something to pass the time this movie would be a very good choice.
Josh Kovacs is the manager of a residential apartment in New York. He is close to all the tenants, especially Arthur Shaw, a financier. One day Shaw is arrested by the FBI for fraud. Josh thinks it's a misunderstanding that can be resolved. But later he learns that the employees' pension which he asked Shaw to handle is gone. When one of the employees tries to kill himself, Josh's views of Shaw change. He goes to see him and loses his temper. He loses his job. The FBI agent in charge of Shaw tells him that Shaw might walk and recovering the pension fund is unlikely. She tells him that it's been rumored that Shaw has 20 million laying around if he needs. Josh thinks he knows where it is. So with two other employees who also lost their jobs and an evicted tenant, they set out to get into Shaw's penthouse to get the money. But they realise they need the assistance of someone who knows what they are doing. So, Josh asks a guy he knows is a thief named Slide to help them.
It's a shame because the film had plenty of heart, drama, a solid story (though not as multi-layered as you'd hope) and a great cast that was grossly underused. (I wanted to see more of Jamaican lady and just everyone!). Still, with films like Oceans Eleven setting the bar you can't help but feel that an iconic, rememberable aspect of the movie just wasn't there.
By no means a terrible movie, it delivers enough laughs and suspense to be worth the watch but just doesn't really carry through with enough gusto/chemistry to leave an impression.