Wednesday, November 14, 2012

PCP on DVD - Tower Heist

Sometimes when you throw together a cast with a bunch of talented actors, you get a great film.  Sometimes you don't.  Tower Heist is unfortunately part of the latter category.

Tower Heist - 2011, rated PG-13.  My rating:  6 out of 10.

Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller lead an all-star comedic cast in this heist tale.  Stiller and his fellow coworkers at a New York luxury high-rise have had their pension funds wiped out by one of the tower tenants, Alan Alda, in his Ponzi scheme.  So, Stiller and his coworkers lead a con to try to steal back any money that Alda has stashed away in his apartment in the tower.

The film is rather formulaic and dull, despite the presence of so many great people in the cast.  Stiller's straight man is rather boring, I think I like him better when he is playing over the top characters instead of the straight man in the comedy.  Eddie Murphy is probably the highlight of the cast, returning to his 1980s form with a character that seems straight out of Trading Places.  It's nice to see him back at his old form again, as opposed to some of the crappier roles he's taken lately.  But all in all though, the film was only okay, it is nothing particularly spectacular, and it was a relative disappointment given the cast.

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