Tower Heist

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Director Brett Ratner assembles an all-star cast for the action, crime, and comedy, Tower Heist. Josh Kovags (Ben Stiller) is the manager of a luxury New York apartment building full of wealthy tenants who are pampered by Josh’s staff. Josh entrusts the money from his employee’s pensions to the rich penthouse owner, Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) only to have it all lost to a ponzi scheme by Shaw. Josh teams up with Charlie the concierge (Casey Affleck), Enrique Ded’rea the elevator operator (Michael Pena), and Mr. Fitzhugh (Matthew Broderick) to break into Shaw’s penthouse suite to steal back 20 million dollars that is supposedly hidden there. They also enlist the help of petty criminal Slide (Eddie Murphy) and a safe cracking maid named Odessa (Gabaurey Sidibe) to round out the team. Protected by several F.B.I. agents led by special agent Clair Denhan (Tea Leoni), Shaw thinks he is safe from crooks and in this case, his own staff. This film is clever, has a colorful cast and just the right amount of action and comedy. Now it doesn’t necessarily have so much action there’s not enough dialogue for me to follow the story, and there’s not exactly a laugh a minute, but it has a nice mixture of both. After years starring in kid films, Eddie Murphy is at the top of his game as a smart-mouth small-time hood. The rest of the ensemble cast was fabulous but the movie did have its issues. Some of the jokes are just too obvious, the plot holes are fairly big and the story is a little ludicrous at times. The ending is just too far fetched even for a Brett Ratner movie. Fortunately, this film is very entertaining and I’m giving it a B- rating.

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.