A passably entertaining if patently ridiculous heist thriller about a group of employees whose retirement funds were stolen by a Bernie Madoff-esque Wall Street tycoon, causing them to set out to steal their money back. Has its finger squarely on the pulse of current anti-Wall Street sentiments, but leaves politics at the door in favor of a breezy, populist romp.
Derivative, not memorable, but offers enough engaging laugh and suspense. If you don't mind overlooking the occasional cliches, this was actually a good fun. The characters were likable. I mean, it was Eddy Murphy and Ben Stiller! The supporting roles had good comedic chemistry too. And the ending was heartfelt.
Delightful film, and successful at what it attempts: "Tower Heist" is engaging entertainment, a well-made heist pic with obvious love and knowledge of the genre, and it has fun (but not clownish) characters. Also, and quite important, there's a liberating lack of violence. Yet it's thrilling and tight with suspense. Not a big competition here, but this is Brett Ratner's best film.
Could've been really funny, educational and smart, but instead it's just silly with 3 or 4 laughs. At least now people can see clearly how amazing a director is Steven Soderbergh doing his stylish and clever hei$t movies. This Ratner dude cannot be called a director, he trully doesn't know how build things up, put up a camera or even finish the fucking scenes. Just terrible.
Great cast, Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller are especially great. A pretty weak script, but it's loads of fun to watch if you can get past the complete lack of logic. As far as heists go, it's probably the most unbelievable I've seen on film. Then again, it's not really about believability but I would've appreciated a little more effort in that aspect, especially since there was more than one writer involved.
A serviceable plot but, surprisingly, not much comedy. I would rather laugh than watch a lame heist movie with a hack behind the camera. Ratner should have just sent Stiller and Murphy visit Occupy Wall Street and filmed them improvising for ninety minutes. Movies like this are killing America.