This is a real step up for you, Matthew. Finally.


Theatrical Release Date: 11/04/2011
Director: Brett Ratner
Cast: Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck, Alan Alda, Matthew Broderick, Judd Hirsch, Téa Leoni , Michael Peña, Gabourey Sidibe
Rated: PG-13 for language and sexual content.
Runtime: 1 hour, 44 minutes


Trailer:

Remember me? I used to make great films not about talking to animals or taking care of kids.

In “Tower Heist”, a group of employees fall victim to a Ponzi scheme and the common man turns to crime. Who knew that Hollywood could still create a decent movie? Honestly, the trailers made me suspicious that this film was going to be borderline at best. In reality, it was actually pretty good on a number of fronts.

First, this movie is a fast-paced action comedy with an all-star cast including well-known actors like Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck, Alan Alda, Matthew Broderick, Judd Hirsch, Téa Leoni, and Gabourey Sidibe. And while the overall acting was good, the performances of Murphy and Sidibe stood apart. For one, foul-mouthed Eddie Murphy is back … and I for one look forward to more adult comedy to come in the future. As for Sidibe, she struts her comedic chops putting together a fantastic performance as the safe-cracking Jamaican maid Odessa.

Second, this film combines two often discordant genres (comedy and action) and creates a beautiful blend of laughter and hold-your-breath excitement. A solid plot and great dialogue help create distinct characters with specific personalities and motives that help hold this heist movie together.

Finally, this movie kept the audience engrossed for the entire runtime of 104 minutes with unpredictable twists and turns. “Tower Heist” provides a nice escape from your daily realities, earning a 3.5 of 5.

3.5 out of 5