It has all of the right pieces to be a good heist movie; they're just not put together correctly. The setup was almost good, but just a tad bit ridiculous. The pacing was close to what it should have been, but still a little slow. There was a good set of characters, but only Stiller, Murphy and Sidibe really stood out. Everybody else felt like "padding," so to say. Those flaws aside, the humor (especially from Eddie Murphy), and overall fun made Tower Heist a very entertaining movie.
Chris Nolan, you've done it again. This film was absolutely brilliant. Yes, it was very long, but it was also fast paced. It honestly did not feel almost three hours long. Granted, there were a few parts where I caught myself checking my watch (generally a sign that it's getting too sluggish), but it always picked up quickly and got right back into the action. I wouldn't say that it surpassed Dark Knight, but it definitely lived up to the expectations that I set for it. This was a fantastic conclusion to the excellent Nolan Batman trilogy, and I'm certainly looking forward to his next project.
This movie can be summarized pretty well with one word: meh. It has an interesting premise, potentially funny cast, and plenty of opportunities for some good laughs. Unfortunately, the story is a bit lame, the cast just kind of cruises through it, and the humor just really isn't there. Honestly, the story was the best part of this. If it was taken more seriously, it might have turned into a half-decent sci-fi film. Instead, it's played out as a comedy, and not very well. Parts that should have been funny were just too crude for me to find entertaining. The roles for the cast felt like a copy/paste from their other films, and they didn't even try as hard in this one as they did in those. But, all of that aside, it was watchable. When the credits started rolling, I didn't feel that I'd wasted my time. It was mildly entertaining, and that's really all I expected from it. Keep your expectations low, and it plays out well enough.