Friday, September 9, 2011

Trailer Based Review: Tower Heist

The Plot
            Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) runs a panzi scheme, and is one of the richest men in the world, but when the panzi scheme falls apart his employees realize they have been defrauded.   After Josh Kovack (Ben Stiller) learns that Shaw has 20 million dollars hidden in his suite he devises a plan to steal it.  Kovack enlists the help of his fellow coworkers and a professional criminal, Slide (Eddie Murphy), to get revenge and take back the money they have lost.
            After taking part in several humorous training sessions conducted by Slide, the employees are ready for the heist.  What ensues is a robbery along the lines of Ocean’s Eleven, but with a lot more action and comedy involved.  All the employees are very comedic characters, and their successes and failures during the heist will keep you laughing.  In the end Slide gets shot and they discover that there is no secret stash.  It is a bittersweet ending, but the ride more than makes up for it.

The Good
+Classic Eddie Murphy.  This is the best Eddie Murphy movie since the early 90s.
+ The rest of the cast is great as well.
+The laughs just keep coming.

The Bad
-The scenes without Murphy are not nearly as funny.
-The action sequences are sometimes a little overdone.

Final Rating 4.5/5

*I have not seen this movie; this review is based purely off of assumptions made by watching the trailer.  Some plot references are assumptions and do not represent the final product.


  1. This does show a lot of promise! I'd feel even more comfortable if I knew it was R-rated (indicating Eddie Murphy was finally trying to end his streak of horrible "family" movies), but the supporting cast is amazing and the story concept is pretty fun. It looks like the kind of movie that I won't go to before I see a positive review or two, but I'm cautiously optimistic.

  2. Think it will be anything like Burn After Reading? Because that movie was terrible.

  3. Burn After Reading was a Coen Brothers film. Their movies you either love or hate; the humor is usually much more subtle and deep than what you see in most comedies. So since Tower Heist is not a Coen brothers film, I don't think it will be anything like a Coen brothers film.