Tower Heist (2011)

“Shouldn’t we be avoiding law enforcement? I never saw an episode of Matlock where the criminal banged Matlock!” – Mr. Fitzhugh

Number of Times Seen – Twice (22 Feb 2012 and 5 Apr 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A group of employees at a New York City hotel try to get even with an indicted billionaire who stole money from them.

My Take on it – This is a a really fun heist film that works on numerous levels.

It feels relevant to the time that it came out since it revolves around a Bernie Madoff kind of character and the repercussions of his actions on those close to him.

Ben Stiller is great in the lead role and is the character who helps keep things moving at a great pace largely due to the complex way that his character is developed in a quirky and fun way.

The supporting cast is great and they all help make this film so enjoyable.

The one cast member that feels miscast in his role is Eddie Murphy who comes across as being quite unplausible in the role given and the fact that his star power wasn’t too high at the time, I guess they wanted to try and capitalize while the stick was low.

The mystery of the plot is done quite well and the added fact that these characters are completely inexperienced with pulling off a crime like this makes things even more entertaining to watch unfold.

The choice to keep things light and intriguing also helps the viewer get a unique perspective on a heist like the one presented here.

The action-comedy-crime feel of this film is great and allows things to stay fresh and fun from start to finish.

Bottom Line – Fun heist movie that works because it feels very relevant to the time. Stiller is great in the lead and helps keep the story moving along because he plays such a complex and fun character.  The supporting cast is also great but the one cast member who seems out of place is Murphy since he feels miscast in this role. The story has a nice mystery about it and the fact that the characters are not professionals helps keep things light and interesting because it allows the viewer to get a nice perspective of a heist like this. The film has a enjoyable action-crime-comedy feel to it and that lets things stay fun and fresh throughout.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Universal Pictures wanted a final extra scene to be shot, to show what happened to the characters played by Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy. The latter said he would only do it if he was paid an additional $500,000, so the scene was dropped. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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