TOWER HEIST (Theatrical Release USA 2011)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.0|5.0 Starsììì

Tower Heist—a good comedy movie, not a great comedy movie—turns into a fair entertainment piece. The acting relies on solid, experienced cast and the storyline is unique; but the movie misses its mark despite unique twists and turns in its story

Storyline

Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda), a Ponzi scheme financial investor, jumps into a New York City skyscraper swimming pool that has a million dollar bill painted on its floor. The camera zooms out to show the rest of the city just before daylight. Josh Kovaks (Ben Stiller), who has invested all of the skyscraper employee retirement funds with Arthur Shaw, makes coffee while listening to the news. While Arthur Shaw gets out of his pool, grabs a towel, and takes the elevator to his room, Josh Kovaks begins ironing clothes. Arthur Shaw walks to a desk to play chess while listening to the news. He makes a move on a chess board while Josh Kovaks gets ready for work, checks his computer, and makes a move on his version of a chess board. Arthur Shaw thinks for a bit as Josh Kovaks walks out of his house and heads for work at the break of day. These scenes begin a story about lost pension funds and employees who develop a scheme to retrieve those stolen funds by stealing them before they leave the country.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Brett Ratner for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Bill Carraro and Karen Kehela Sherwood for making the film possible. Additional cast includes: Josh Kovaks (Ben Stiller), Slide (Eddie Murphy), Charlie (Casey Affleck), Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda), Mr. Fitzhugh (Matthew Broderick), Lester (Stephen Henderson), Mr. Simon (Judd Hirsch), Special Agent Claire Denham(Téa Leoni), Enrique Dev’Reaux (Michael Peña), and Odessa (Gabourey Sidibe).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. It’s a ‘ho-hum’ piece of entertainment, definitely not first choice piece despite very good comedic casting choices.

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