Starring: Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Tea Leoni, Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick, Alan Alda
Director: Tower Heist
2011 was a really poor year for comedy movies and, unfortunately, Tower Heist fell into the category of really unfunny comedy movie - much like every other film I watched in this genre last year.
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.
What’s so hard to believe with this movie, despite the likes of Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy being on the cast list is the lack of laughs - it really isn’t very funny.
Now I don’t know about you but when I watch a movie that s billed as a comedy I expect some good chuckles along the way.
Having said that it’s obvious that the cast had a total blast making this movie, the gag reel is well worth a watch, and there are some interesting characters and relationships.
Stiller and Murphy do work well together but it’s Gabourey Sidibe who puts in the best performance as it’s completely different to her turn in Precious a couple of years ago.
The actress shows that she can go from hard hitting drama to a lighter hearted role and it would great to see her tackle more comedic projects.
The heist aspect of the movie works really well; trying to get a car down the elevator shaft is a particularly good moment.
Tower Heist is not a complete disappointment as there is great interaction between the characters and the story does work ok.
But this movie is forgettable from the second the credits roll, it just lacks the cool and slick elements of caper movies that have gone before.
But it’s the lack of laughs that really lets this movie down, there is hilarity at every turn bit it is just not taken advantage - which is a major shame.
Tower Heist is out on DVD & Blu-Ray now
FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw