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Tower Heist
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03.13.2012 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Brett Ratner

Actors:
Ben Stiller
Eddie Murphy
Matthew Broderick

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The staff at a luxury high rise apartment decide to rob its biggest tenant after he screws them out of their retirement savings.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
You gotta hand it to Brett Ratner. He has a lot of friends in Hollywood and he always musters up pretty impressive casts. Unfortunately the same can’t be said for his scripts and TOWER HEIST is no different. Even with a screenplay by Hollywood heavy hitters including Ted Griffin and Jeff Nathanson, Ratner’s latest mediocre “OCEAN’S ELEVEN in an apartment building” is only notable for its waste of talent.

The subject matter is definitely timely, with Alan Alda’s character clearly being based off Bernie Madoff, but despite the real world ties, the movie is handled like any generic comedy. I’m not saying I expected any semblance of realistic drama or substance from TOWER HEIST, but there is definitely an element of missed opportunity to the story. And the things you do expect—like comedy—are strangely lacking as well. Even a few hours after watching it I couldn’t remember any particularly funny lines, big laughs or memorable scenes. It’s one of those movies that you might chuckle while you watch, but everything completely washes over you. Even the titular heist itself, which should be the highlight of the film, is pretty unexciting, if not outright stupid in parts.

There is a base level of enjoyment from seeing this caliber of cast get together for a good time, even if they’re all playing their usual stereotypical characters. Ben Stiller, Matthew Broderick, Michael Pena and Casey Affleck don’t stray too far from what you’ve seen of them before. (In Affleck’s case he’s playing the exact same character he did in OCEAN’S ELEVEN.) Eddie Murphy’s big return to non-kiddie fare is nice, but he’s barely in half of the movie. The only person I would say was a nice surprise was PRECIOUS star Gabourey Sidibe, playing a foul-mouthed and foul-minded safe cracker.

It was probably a blast to be on the TOWER HEIST set, but unfortunately that didn’t translate to the movie itself.
THE EXTRAS
Audio Commentary with Brett Ratner, editor Mark Helfrich and writers Ted Griffin and Jeff Nathanson: This is a light, fun chat (with Ratner in the room, it sounds like a mini-party), which makes it heavy on the laughs but not so much on actual info.

Alternate Endings: Neither of these two endings change the outcome at all. One just picks up 15 months later and the other features a reunion of all the characters (and Eddie Murphy grinding on Precious).

Deleted/Alternate Scenes: Nothing of interest or that would add anything to the movie.

Gag Reel : This is kind of humorous, hinting at a funnier final product. There’s a lot of Eddie Murphy cursing and Precious being perverted.

Brett Ratner's Video Diary: This is nearly half an hour of raw behind the scenes footage without boring interviews or plot summary. A refreshing change!

Plotting TOWER HEIST: This six part feature on the making of the movie covers pretty much everything you’d want to know and clocks in at over 45 minutes.

Second Screen: Connect your computer or tablet and get interactive features while you watch the movie. Or you could actually, you know, watch the movie.

You also get a DVD and UltraViolet copy of the film
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
None of TOWER HEIST’s many famous faces can save a thoroughly mediocre script and production. Typical Brett Ratner.

Extra Tidbit: Look for a cameo by Kate Upton!
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