"Tower Heist" is well casted and includes names like:
Alan Alda, of M*A*S*H – (as the greedy villain).
Eddie Murphy, who I believe needs no introduction – plays the thief that agrees to help them steal their money back.
Matthew Broderick, known from Ferris Bueller’ Day Off (as a sad-sack Wall Street victim).
Casey Affleck, known for his role in “Good Will Hunting”, (as concierge).
Gabourey Sidibe, blew everyone away in her role in “Precious” (as Odessa the safecracking maid).
Michael Pena, known for his role in “Crash”, and the “World Trade Center” (as a newly hired bellhop).
Stephen Henderson known for his role in Law & Order a TV Series (as the door man).
Tea Leoni - though she’s been in many movies, I remember her best in “The Family Man”, (as the FBI Agent).
(Stiller) who plays Josh Kovacs is a building manager who manages a staff at one of the fanciest apartment buildings in Manhattan, NYC -- none other then Donald Trump’s hotel condominiums. They don’t mention this in the film but it’s obvious where it’s taking place.
The "Tower Heist" is home to the wealthiest New Yorkers. Kovacs and his staff is there to maintain it and cater and charm each of the residents.
From the start it's known Kovacs has a good heart and takes his job very seriously. He looks after his staff. Only he makes one big mistake by entrusting the richest man who happens to live on the top floors penthouse. Arthur Shaw played by (Alan Alda), comes across very well mannered at first but we soon find out he’s a corrupt Wall Street guru investor who swindles people out of billions of dollars without any remorse. Worst of all Kovacs gave Shaw the employee’s pensions money to invest without asking or including the staff in this decision in hopes to double or even triple their portfolios.
Kovacs is then forced to tell the staff their retirement funds have been lost with little hopes to recover their lives savings. Room gets intensely quite when Odessa (Gabourey Sidibe) speaks up and says: “For the record, I never asked anyone to triple my portfolio.” From that moment on Kovacs determine to get their money back.
FBI soon gets wing of Shaw’s felony fraudulent charges, try’s to arrest him but cannot convict him and is put under house arrest at his penthouse until proven guilty.
Kovacs then begins to recruit a hand full of staff members and plot to take back what is rightfully theirs, which he believes the money is hidden away at Shaw’s penthouse in-between the walls in a safe.
Eddie Murphy is called in when they realize they need a professional’s help to try and pull this off. Only he’s not really a professional crook as he’s been in and out of jail for doing small jobs and doesn't know anything about cracking safes. The fun then begins and you find yourself thinking the movie is kind of ridiculous but by then you don’t really care because its entertainment.
My Eye Pleasing moments:
- Watching Eddie Murphy return to comedy as I feel he’s way over due.
- Electronically Chess game played between Josh and Arthur
- The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
- Views of the Donald Trump’s tower with an unforgettable Benjamin Franklin swimming pool
- Steve McQueen’s red Ferrari parked right in the middle of the penthouse living room.
Best “Acting” Performance:
Alan Alda hands down flashed his genius around repeatedly. His role a calm and cool yet immensely ego-driven spiteful man was so easily played, you instantly felt dislike towards him.
This movie opened today and pulled in $11 million dollars. With these numbers its predicted to pull in between $25 - $32 million dollars over the weekend.
Purring loudly in second place is “Puss In Boots”.
Watch the Official Trailer here.
Rated: PG-13 for language and sexual content
Directed by: Brett Ratner
Angie’s Over all rating: B-