Bottom Line: Surprisingly, this breezy heist-comedy moves with such a tight, nimble, polished, confident flow that it’s hard to resist its well-earned charms. Stiller is solid (not his usual overthinkingly-jittery self), Murphy is hilarious (not his usual unbearingly-obnoxious self) and the rest of the cast does their job to make sure you’re on board for a thrilling, involved and hilarious, if not far-fetched and over-the-top, caper. A true crowd pleaser, this TOWER should floor ya’!
Starring: Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick, Tea Leoni, Gabourey Sidibe and Alan Alda
Directed by: Brett Ratner (RUSH HOUR 1-3, X-MEN: TH LAST STAND and THE FAMILY MAN)
Running time: 104 minutes
Story: Queens native Josh Kovacs 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 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 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. (Universal Pictures)