THOSE in the market for think- nothing pulp over the summer break should be putting
Tower Heist at the top of their to- gawp- at list. The set- up could pass muster as an Ocean’s
Eleven caper. Though a majority of the crooks are rank amateurs, the high- stakes burglary they plan and their motivation for doing it churns up plenty of pro- level thrills.
Despite the presence of Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy ( both pictured) in key roles, comedy arrives mostly as an afterthought.
Breaking down the title’s blunt pitch, there is indeed a tower at which a heist will transpire.
On the top floor of a swank Central Park West high- rise in NYC, a Bernie Madoff- style finance guru ( Alan Alda) is under ( pent) house arrest for misplacing half a billion or so.
Among the sorry investors who have lost the lot are many of the building’s staff members, some of whom band together to get square with the big shot who robbed them blind.
The particulars of the smash- and- grab are so ridiculous that you just have to keep watching to see how they are going to pull it off.
I won’t spoil the fun for you. But if you can’t imagine how a priceless antique motor car can be stolen from a 50th floor apartment – in broad daylight, without opening a door or starting the engine – then prepare to have your mind expanded.
By the time the closing credits have rolled, a pleasing little pile of throwaway junk has been stacked up and whacked down for your viewing pleasure.
Now showing Village Cinemas Stiller on top: P6- 7