Tower Heist review

Director:
Brett Ratner
Cast:
Ben Stiller
Eddie Murphy
Matthew Broderick
Gabourey Sidibe
Tea Leoni
Alan Alda
Casey Affleck
Michael Pena
Rated: PG-13

This film felt like a last ditch effort by Murphy, Stiller and Broderick to have their careers recover.

Tower Heist follows the character Josh (Stiller), who is the general manager at a luxurious apartment tower complex. Josh runs a tight ship at the Tower and seems to have everything in line. However his world is spun around when he finds out that one of the residents, Arthur Shaw (Alda) turned out to be a Wall Street man who has many accounts of corporate crime.

This leads Josh to find out that Shaw stole nearly all of the pension money from the employees of the Tower. After this, Josh decides to get back at Shaw by stealing some of his money, and to do this he recruits some of the other employees of the tower as well as a thief that he met earlier by the name of Slide (Murphy.)

The film is in a way similar to Horrible Bosses with some older working men trying to shake up their employers however not knowing really how to do that and messing things up at times. It’s something that works okay, but is nothing to original or even really exciting. Most of the film is the planning process and not much focuses on the actual robbery. There’s also a romantic sub plot with Josh and an FBI agent however it feels really forced and could easily be cut from the film and not be missed.

The characters were a bit of fun here. Murphy, Broderick and Stiller were more enjoyable than they have been in a while, however it is by no means a comedic dream team. They go through the film together fairly well but don’t have the chemistry we’ve seen from some other films like “The Hangover” or “Hot Tub Time Machine.” They do at least play the parts well though.

The comedy is mediocre, it’s the kind that will give some light laughs and some chuckles, but nothing laugh out loud funny. One thing that probably makes the lines work to an extent would be their delivery by actors who have been around the business for a while. The movie does have some pretty cool stunts and action sequences though for a comedy movie, which was pretty nice.

Tower Heist is really a movie that is just mediocre to a high degree. It’s sort of funny, the characters are sort of good, and it is sort of exciting, however it is far away from being a solid comedy. Really high 2 out of 5 for this one, rent it or watch it on TV and it probably wouldn’t disappoint.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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