Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Tower Heist, a master plan or a foiled robbery?

When I discovered that Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy were going to be in a heist comedy directed by Brett Ratner I didn't know what to think. It felt like two comedy legends whose films were not quite great anymore were trying to sell tickets, but I was an extent.

From the beginning it didn't feel like a regular Stiller comedy and that may be partly thanks to Ratner but may also be a huge part to Stiller having not written it.

Stiller plays a manager of a tower which houses the wealthy and seeks revenge on his boss after swindling the employees money through fraud by robbing him. With a gang of unlikely robbers consisting of Matthew Broderick, Eddie Murphy and that other Affleck brother, you can be sure to expect a lot of comedic moments...and you do.

With a lot of laughs equally distributed between the group and a few other characters you can't help but feel Eddie Murphy steals the show (but having produce the film as well, it was bound to happen).

This isn't a bad film, it's funny and keeps you wondering how they'll rob the tower until they actually do. For a heist comedy its not as bad as I thought it would be and expected more comedy than heist yet with this film it's almost equal.

If you're looking to see a comedy with a few familiar faces then this is the film for you. It's not the greatest comedy in the world but it's a huge step from Eddie Murphy's Dave and Stiller's Night at the Museum films...this is actually for teens and adults.

3/5 stars

George Kleanthous

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