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Tower Heist 2011

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When a group of hard working guys find out they've fallen victim to a wealthy business man's Ponzi scheme, they conspire to rob his high-rise residence.

Starring:
Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy
Runtime:
1 hour, 40 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Action & Adventure, Crime, Comedy
Director Brett Ratner
Starring Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy
Supporting actors Casey Affleck, Alan Alda, Matthew Broderick, Stephen Henderson, Judd Hirsch, Téa Leoni, Michael Peña, Gabourey Sidibe, Nina Arianda, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Juan Carlos Hernández, Harry O'Reilly, Peter Van Wagner, Zeljko Ivanek, Lynne Rossetto Kasper, Annika Pergament, Clem Cheung, Robert Downey Sr.
Studio NBC Universal
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Format: Blu-ray
I learnt a long time ago to not be put off by critic reviews as they are always based upon opinion.

This film was on my list, but not at the top so I waited until it appear on a deal (three blu-rays for £17).

Overall it's totally unbelievable, but enjoyable and the characters all bring presence to the story, although I thought Murphy and Broderick looked out of sorts throughout.

You can guess the ending half-way through, but worth a view if you can get it cheap like I did.
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Format: DVD
Tower Heist has a fun and original story and a very likeable cast. The cast includes Alan Alda as a rich business man who is arrested for dodgy financial deals. This eventually leads Ben Stiller to form a group that includes Eddie Murphy and Mathew Broderick to attempt to get into Alda's penthouse to try and get millions from a hidden safe. The film is mostly played quite straight but with some very funny lines and scenes, it is a comedy. Eddie Murphy has a great character that reminded me of how good he was in 48hrs and Trading Places, and it's great to see Alan Alda in a big Hollywood film, rather than just having a part in a Woody Allen film for instance. I think the film was fun viewing and could definitely be rewatched. Sadly it's not quite perfect and perhaps could have done with some slightly tighter editing, to keep the pace up.
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Format: Blu-ray
Director Brett Ratner, who brought us such classics as Rush Hour 3 and X Men: Last Stand, turns his hand to the heist movie with Tower Heist, which I've recently heard described as a poor man's Oceans Eleven. This is rather an unfair assessment, and I'm happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised by what is an unassuming and highly improbable, but also very entertaining comedy crime caper.

The film follows Josh (Ben Stiller) and a small group of employees at a high-rise luxury apartment building who are fired from their jobs after losing their pensions in a scam run by their boss, businessman Arthur Shaw (a wonderfully sleazy Alan Alda), who is under house-arrest by the FBI for fraud. They hatch a plot to recoup the lost cash with a smash and grab raid on Shaw's penthouse suite, guarded by FBI agents, where they believe he may have concealed up to $20 million in cash. To this end, Josh recruits the help of petty criminal Slide (Eddie Murphy), his neighbour and once friend from daycare.

In fact, thankfully Tower Heist is nothing at all like Ocean's Eleven. These men are average Joes; out of a job, down on their luck, and attempting to reclaim what is rightfully theirs, and in this they have the full sympathy of the viewing audience. They are totally out of their depth when it comes to planning a robbery and the very opposite of smart and slick. Much of the comedy is of the `fish out of water' variety, centering on the clear ineptitude of the gang as would-be criminals, as they attempt to transform themselves from professional servitude to professional thievery. This premise yields a number of very funny moments, which I will not spoil by describing here.
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Format: DVD
The movie opens with a fast paced electronic sound track. We see Alan Alda, Ben Stiller, and a street smart Eddie Murphy in the first few minutes. Early on we know the film is fast paced and clever. Just seeing Murphy revive his street smarts type person is worth the price of admission. Ben Stiller is Josh Kovacs. He runs a very high priced apartment tower with a large staff. He is dynamic and pays attention to details. Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) is a financier and is one of the millionaire tenets who sits on the board of directors for the apartment building and runs their pension fund. Matthew Broderick plays Mr. Fitzhugh, who is currently broke and squatting in his over priced apartment..."If you want me, I'll be living in this box."

When Shaw gets arrested for fraud, Stiller has to break the news to his workers that their pension fund has been robbed. Shaw is placed on house arrest in said apartment building. Téa Leoni plays the tough FBI agent in charge of the Shaw case..."The last time I drank this much at a bar, I made out with a fireman."

After a vigilante moment, Stiller and two of his cohorts get fired. Thinking they won't be able to recover their money they devise a scheme to break into Shaw's apartment and rob him, but this group of misfits need a second story man...enter Eddie Murphy in his classic form. Now the real comedy starts. The safe is too complex for Murphy so they add Gabourey Sidibe to the gang. Of course things don't go as planned.

Clever, witty, fast paced. Good cast of characters with good chemistry. Everything a fun movie should be.

1 f-bomb, n-word, sex talk.
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Format: Amazon Video Verified Purchase
More enjoyable than I anticipated.

For a movie that has a lot of comedy talent in the cast, this heist movie was not only refreshingly straight-laced - but also enjoyably fun and intriguing. Tightly plotted and well thought out, this movie is a must see for fans of the Oceans 11/12/13 series, Thomas Crown Affair, Leverage, Hustle and countless other heist/swindle movies/shows.

I liked this a lot and would definitely watch it again at some point!
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