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Thursday, 15 March 2012

Review of Tower Heist (2011) by Mike

Title: Tower Heist (2011)

Original UK Release Date: 4th November 2011

Original US Release Date: 24th October 2011

UK Rating: 12

US Rating: PG-13

Director: Brett Ratner

Genre: Comedy/Crime

Plot: When staff at The Tower, a luxurious apartment block in New York, lose their pension fund after an investor swindles them, the building manager of The Tower schemes to get revenge.

Mike's Review

            This seems like the perfect recipe for a film. Take a few comedy greats, some Academy Award nominated actors and a great director and you have the makings of a classic comedy film. However something went wrong. That’s not to say this film isn’t good it is, but it isn’t close to what it could have been.

            The film is about a robbery in a very secure building with the latest security and the best staff that money can buy. The staff have invested their own personal savings and their pension fund with one of the tenants, a financer Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda). However he is arrested for fraud and they find out that he has lost all their money.

The cast including Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Matthew Broderick, Casey Affleck, Téa Leoni, and Juan Carlos Hernández is good. They work well together and they all have great moments. Gabourey Sidibe steals every moment she is on screen and she could have a great future in comedy.

This film should have been great. It was originally going to be in the style of Ocean’s 11 but somewhere along the way it changed into this. You have comedy greats Eddie Murphy, Ben Stiller and Ferris Buller. I say Ferris Buller because it feels like Matthew Broderick is playing that character after he has lost everything. The film felt like it should have been full of big comedy moments, but I couldn’t find them. There are some very funny scenes but not many. As for the hi-tech building security mentioned a few times in the film, it doesn’t materialise, all you are shown are a few cameras that are quickly disabled with a smiley face sticker!

I was really looking forward to this, mainly in the hope that Eddie Murphy would give a performance worthy of his comedy legacy. I loved his films from the 80’s. His films of the 90’s were hit or miss until his performance in Bowfinger, one of his best performances. Apart from his role in the Shrek films there was nothing great about any of his roles since then. So what would he be like in this? Fortunately he is good. Not as great as the Eddie Murphy back in his reckless care free roles, but better than 90% of the last two decades of his films. The reason he is so good in Bowfinger is what makes this role work. It is because he isn’t in the lead role. Take the pressure away from having to carry the whole film and he shines.

            I was disappointed with the lack of great comedy moments and the lack of risk for the characters, but it is a good film, just don’t watch this expecting a comedy classic as you will be disappointed.

8 out of 10

Additional Information

Stand out performance: Gabourey Sidibe as Odessa


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