Mis­sion im­pos­si­ble

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MOVIES - LEIGH PAATSCH

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

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