Friday, December 09, 2011

Movie Review - Tower Heist

Tower Heist

Starring: Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Alan Alda, Matthew Broderick, Casey Affleck, Stephen Henderson, Michael Pena, Tea Leoni, Gabourey Sidibe, Judd Hirsch, and more...

Directed by: Brett Ratner Screenplay by: Ted Griffin and Jeff Nathason Story by: Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, and Ted Griffin Original Music By: Christophe Beck

Premise: After it turns out that Arthur Shaw, both resident and board member of The Tower, has stolen all the money from the workers's retirement accounts after being asked by the manager to handle the portfolio, Josh Kovacs comes up with a scheme to try to get the employees's money back. (PG-13)

Review: The previews for this one basically say it all. Still, there were some twists and other bits that build on what's already been shown to deepen it and make it more fun. The performances were also great. Alan Alda makes a super good slimy bad guy, stabbing you in the back even as he smiles to your face. You really, really, REALLY want him to get what's coming by the time things go down. Heh.

Lots of nice little comedic moments. All the acting was superb. You feel for these people, and Josh's horror and need to do something about what's happened inadvertently to all of them because of him is very heartfelt. You even feel the frustration of Agent Denham at capturing a criminal but knowing his victims will probably never recoup the losses.

The Macy's Thanksgiving Parade happens at part of the film, so you get to see some of the giant floats! Big movie screen size!

Some of the twist and turns during the robbery are fun. Some suspension of disbelief will be needed in a couple of places, but things work for the most part.

Overall, it was fun and definitely entertaining. Definitely worth a look.

Rating: 3.75 our of 5 (Hubby's Rating: Worth Full Price of Admission)

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