Movie Review: Tower Hiest

Details from IMDB:

Tower Heist (2011)

PG_13  104 min  –  Action | Comedy | Crime   –  4 November 2011 (Canada)

Ratings: 6.7/10 from 430 users   Metascore: 59/100
Reviews: 27 user | 33 critic | 38 from

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.

Initial Thoughts:

I like Eddie Murphy, he used to do very funny, edgy stand-up and I can’t deny he was funny as donkey from Shrek but with all that said he hasn’t done a decent live action movie in a while (I would say Dreamgirls), so I was little hesitant about seeing him in this comedy. In truth this the only movie my wife had any interest in and it was her turn to pick Smile.

Main Points:

This is mostly-straightforward action, comedy where you can quickly see how things will turn out.  Ben Stiller’s character Josh is a building manager who is dedicated to his job. Quickly though everything he believes in is turned upside down when he learns that his pension (along with all the other hotel staff) has been stolen by Arthur Shaw (played well by Alan Alda)  who is a wealthy investor that lives in the Penthouse. Soon enough Josh and some of his co-workers are fired for their role in beating up Shaw’s car (I won’t bore you with any more plot details) and they all decide to rob Shaw and get back the money he stole from everyone.

It is funny that Eddie Murphy’s character, Slide, is only known by Josh because he walks by his apartment every day to work and he has frequently seen him arrested.


After a lot of planning (and some funny parts with Matthew Broderick, Casey Afleck and Stiller) it sounds come down to the big heist. The surprise of the movie is that the car is made out of solid gold and it’s that they must steal (since there was no money in a hidden safe).

The fact that it is completely impossibly that they could get a golden car (which would weigh 3-4 thousand pounds) could never be brought onto the roof in the time given in this movie along with the idea that anyone could so easily dupe the FBI don’t really detract from a movie that doesn’t have much going for it anyway.

Gabourey Sidibe (from Precious) also has a small role. She does a good job but I found her Jamaican accent to be forced and artificial.

Eddie Murphy is funny in a few scenes (the ones where he is apart from the gang are better) and Casey Affleck has some nice moments. Ben Stiller is okay as it Broderick. I just found this movie very mediocre, there is not much to get excited about and it’s formulaic.


If you’re a big fan of any of these actors you might want to check this out. It’s a harmless mostly fun film (aside from the attempted suicide scene which seems very out of place) and if you can get in cheap (I paid $14 for two tickets Open-mouthed smile) you may consider going. I give it 6/10 Vampire bat.



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