It’s great to see both Matthew Broderick ( Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) and Eddie Murphy(seriously?) delivering their chops after so long. Ben stiller plays Josh Kovacs, the manager of The Tower whose u.s.p is a dedicated crew working their rears off to provide top quality service to the rich and famous living there.
The last time there was a Kovacs on-screen (Walter Kovacs a.k.a Rorschach in Watchmen), it was mayhem. Mayhem it is in Tower Heist as well but with Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck, Ben Stiller and Matthew Broderick it’s a kind of mayhem that tickles. The plot is simple. An obscenely rich tenant Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) is placed under house arrest for swindling an obscene amount of money. Even the crew of the tower gets swindled. Downsizing ensures and now fired Kovacs, leads a pack of ex employees with the help of his thug neighbor Eddie Murphy to raid the FBI protected apartment of Shaw hoping to get their money back.
Brett Ratner(Rush Hour), ensures no slapstick in the movie which makes it thoroughly enjoyable. Ben Stiller is at times unconvincing, but the host of supporting acts overrules that. Eddie Murphy revels in his street smart guy from the hood character and confirms the fact that when he is on-screen, you are entertained. Shooting his verbal volleys at the nice guys, Eddie brings charm and a certain chutzpa to the movie. In a nod to Ferris Bueller’s Day off, you will find a red Ferrari playing a crucial part. Gabourey Sidibe(Precious) and Michael Pena(perpetual side character ever since Shooter) have a few good moments each.
Why on earth people are hell-bent on finding an Ocean’s story here is out of our knowledge. Tower Heist is not hilarious but it is entertaining and should do justice to a weekend.
It is funny, decently paced and has Eddie Murphy back at doing what he does best.