Cast : Ben Stiller : Josh Kovaks Eddie Murphy : Slide Casey Affleck : Charlie
Josh Kovacs is the manager of a residential apartment in New York. He is
close to all the tenants, especially Arthur Shaw, a financier. One day
Shaw is arrested by the FBI for fraud. Josh thinks it's a
misunderstanding that can be resolved. But later he learns that the
employees' pension fund which he asked Shaw to handle is gone. An FBI agent tells him that it's been rumored that Shaw
has $20 million lying around if he needs it in a hurry. Josh thinks he
knows where it is. So with two other employees who also lost their jobs
and an evicted tenant, they set out to get into Shaw's penthouse to get
I will blow your face CLEAN OFF your face!
What remainsof an action/comedywith almost nohumorand a limitedpiece of the action?Very littleactually.Ingeneral,this filmreminded me of"Trading places"(alsowith Eddie Murphy) or"The secretof mysuccess" with MichaelJ.Fox.Both movies are abouta multimillionairewho getsscrewedby an individual with aningeniousplan. InTowerHeistafloor manager working in ahotel and who just got fired, is that individual who'll make sure thataWall Streetcrook, who stealsthepension of other employees, gets what he deserves. Nothing fancy, nothinginnovative andseenseveral times.
They recruited a very nice cast with Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy in the leading roles. Ben Stiller is not my favorite actor. This guy is never funny in my opinion. The way he constantly looks around sadly. I always expect this guy to burst out in tears. And his funny moments feel so forced. Eddy M. plays again a creditable role. It's a role that he has played several times : that of a street thug with a big mouth. He is actually the only one who could make me smile. However it's not the same as the time I rented a VHS with a live performance of him. Furthermore there's Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick and Michael Pena. They are the rest of the gang trying to rob the billionaire Shaw (Alan Alda). The chemistry between this gang was totally missing and don't expect much humorous input. Tea Leoni as the FBI agent also plays no significant role. The only thing I can remember is the special color of her eyes. She was only once funny when she was getting drunk.
The storyline is filled up with cliches and a mix ofslapstickcomedy, with the inevitablemomentsthat everybody just appears at the wrong moment, and a bit ofhuman drama. The actualrobbery of stealingthe goldenFerrariis completelyunlikely.A goldenFerraripushingout of a window, letting it hangonatinycableandpulling it back inside. Yeah right ! Thenpushingit into an elevatoranddescending. Iam surethat theelevatorwon't go up another millimeter. And I'm still wonderinghow that thing finallygot in the pool anyway.Disassembled andreassembled? Andthe fact that someone triumphantlyholds agoldenrimup in the airwascompletelylaughable. I really want to see her do that for real, without getting a hernia. But ultimatelythis unreal moment fitin the overall mood of the movie.
So this is just a movie to watch on a lazy Saturday evening and probably will be shown countless times on TV in the future. This movie belongs in the list of "Oh-it-plays-on-the-TV-again"-movies like "Home alone" for instance but then without the snow andthe Christmas spirit!