Rated PG-13 for profanity and sexuality.
Running time: 104 Minutes
Studio: Universal Pictures
Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By: Brett Ratner
Written By: Ted Griffin, Jeff Nathanson
Film Review by Kam Williams
Excellent (3.5 stars)
By the time Wall Street titan Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) was charged with
running a billion-dollar Ponzi scheme, it was already too late for the
authorities to find the fortune that he had ostensibly hidden in offshore
accounts. As a condition of being released on bail before trial, he was
ordered kept under house arrest in his luxury penthouse at The Tower, an
exclusive high-rise located on Central Park West.
So, Josh enlists the assistance of Slide (Eddie
Murphy), a motor-mouthed petty thief he's occasionally encountered on
the street. Once Slide joins the conspiracy, the only remaining hurdles
involve first gaining access to an apartment guarded by the FBI, and then
robbing it right under the nose of the accused who's restricted to the
This is the promising premise of Tower Heist, the latest buddy comedy directed by Brett Ratner. While the teaming of Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller doesn't come close to matching the inspired, screen chemistry of Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan in Ratner's Rush Hour trilogy, the talented twosome nevertheless manage to generate enough laughs, with the help of a colorful support cast, to make you forgive the fact that the crime caper grows increasingly improbable the further the film unfolds.
A funny, if farfetched, revenge fantasy for folks bilked by the likes of Bernie Madoff.