There Are Many Good Movies That Could Be Made With Stiller, Alda, Broderick And Affleck. TOWER HEIST Is None Of Them.
Dear Brett Ratner. I mostly like the Rush Hour movies. I even enjoyed Red Dragon when I saw it in the theater. For the most part I've thought most of the hatred thrown your direction by fanboys was misguided and overstated. And you've just made me look like the biggest, stupidest asshole in the world. Because, shit, if you're able to take a cast that includes Ben Stiller, Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick and Alan Alda with a bit of the girl from Precious thrown in for good measure and still make something as horribly awful as the trailer for Tower Heist then you truly are the biggest hack on the face of the planet. Yeah, I could blame the destructive force that is latter day Eddie Murphy for this fiasco. Or what appears to be a truly wretched script. But I'm not going to. I'm blaming you.
Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy lead an all-star cast in Tower Heist, a comedy caper about working stiffs who seek revenge on the Wall Street swindler who stiffed them. After the workers at a luxury Central Park condominium discover the penthouse billionaire has stolen their retirement, they plot the ultimate revenge: a heist to reclaim what he took from them.
Queens native Josh Kovacs (Stiller) has managed one of the most luxurious and well-secured residences in New York City for more than a decade. Under his watchful eye, nothing goes undetected. In the swankiest unit atop Josh's building, Wall Street titan Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) is under house arrest after being caught stealing two billion from his investors. The hardest hit among those he defrauded? The tower staffers whose pensions he was entrusted to manage.
With only days before Arthur gets away with the perfect crime, Josh's crew turns to petty crook Slide (Murphy) to plan the nearly impossible...to steal what they are sure is hidden in Arthur's guarded condo. Though amateurs, these rookie thieves know the building better than anyone. Turns out they've been casing the place for years, they just didn't know it.