Excerpt: Josh Kovacs (Ben Stiller) has been the manager of a luxury high-rise condo in New York City for years, but when he learns the building's penthouse resident, financial mogul Art Shaw (Alan Alda), has been put under house arrest for embezzling billions of dollars from investors, he realizes that includes his co-workers' pensions which were invested through Shaw.
Summary: Ratner's latest production is a generic comedy that matches its unimaginative title. Yet, it is a slickly shot picture and the imminently likeable cast generates enough goodwill to make it a fun hour and forty five minutes.
Conclusion: 'Tower Heist' had two things working against it: one, the terrible trailer, and two, director Brett Ratner. When I screened it theatrically, I expected to hate it – but it actually defied the odds and kept my attention. The first act gives it an unfunny, rocky start, but once Eddie Murphy's character enters the mix, 'Tower Heist' improves rapidly. Everything seems to get better with his entrance.
Conclusion: Tower Heist may be a poor man's Ocean's Eleven (sprinkled with just enough pointed economic angst to make it timely), but it can also be a lot of fun... if taken on its own terms. Murphy tries too hard and Broderick doesn't try hard enough, but the rest of the cast stands firm, making the film's low-rent heist a high-roller blast best served with a bucket of popcorn and low expectations.
Excerpt: "Tower Heist" might not be the most complex of capers, but it does produce plenty of laughs along the way. The high calibre cast is fun to watch, the only drawback being their inability to share the screen time in satisfying amounts. Much of the entertainment comes from the ordinary hotel crew and the birth of their criminality. Clearly out of their depth, they embark on hilarious exercises to plan and prepare.
Summary: Tower Heist is een typische “kraakfilm, over een groepje mannen dat probeert om een oplichter te beroven. Zoals gebruikelijk binnen het genre begint de film met het neerzetten van de aanleiding en de voorbereidingen, om vervolgens te eindigen met de kraak zelf. In het geval van Tower Heist is de aanloop echter te lang en te saai. Maar wie zich daar eenmaal doorheen heeft geslagen, krijgt een onderhoudende beroving te zien, met voldoende actie en verrassingen.