Tower Heist (2011)

Director: Brett Ratner

Writer: Ted Griffin, Jeff Nathanson (Screenplay) Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Ted Griffin (Story)

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

Story: When a group of hard working guys find out they’ve fallen victim to a wealthy business man’s ponzi scheme, they conspire to rob his high-rise residence.


Story: A good old fashion revenge heist the ABC is done very well it’s more to do with how all these different characters come together to complete there part in the heist. The whole story is told very well and very enjoyable. (8/10)

Cast: Ben Stiller as Josh Kovacs the tower manager who knows everyone in the building staff and residences and how they run their lives. Josh is responsible for the employees losing their pensions. He also arranges for the team of guys who have been victim to get their money back. Stiller gives his usual performance without really shinning but with this offers the support cast a lot to work with to be more noticeable. (7/10)

Eddie Murphy as Slide The quick talking thief who is asked to help on the robbery of the money by Josh knowing that he has a reputation as a criminal. Murphy is almost transported back to the 80’s with this performance and about time to for him hopefully he can do this more often. Star Performance (9/10)


Casey Affleck as Charlie A man more worried about his soon to be born child but joins the team to get the money back also very nervous about the whole plan. Seemingly a step back for Casey but also a step into comedy genre keeps his star rising. (8/10)


Alan Alda as Arthur Shaw The man accused of of stealing money from investors and very cold about how he went about it. Great performance of a man who thinks he is above the law. (8/10)


Tea Leoni as Special Agent Claire Denham The FBI agent determined to catch Arthur Shaw, but also offers some love interest for Josh. Simple to play good job without really either needing or trying to do more.  (7/10)

Gabourey Sidibe as Odessa Wise cracking maid with an ability to open locks. Pulled off brilliant by this very talent actress. Favourite Character (9/10)


Director: Brett Ratner following the rush hour series this is up there with them collecting its own buddy team in Stiller and Murphy (8/10)

Comedy: As Comedy goes this is not the laugh out loud film more some good chuckles which some characters offer more than others. With Murphy back to what he does well gives this more positives on both action and comedy (7/10)

Settings: Set in a tower block in the middle of New York City. (9/10)

Suggestion: If someone was to ask for a fun comedy I would pick this as it is easy to watch and should be enjoyed by all (8/10)

Best Part: An old lady walks in on the heist and doesn’t notice what is going on, funniest part of film.

Similar Too: Ocean’s Eleven

Overall: This is a very enjoyable action comedy with strong performance from all of the cast with many great supporting roles where everyone seems to pull off their role perfectly.

Rating 81%

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