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  • Ankur Pathak

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    Tower HeistWatch trailerRelease date : November 04, 2011

    A wholly unpretentious attempt to rake in the dollars at the turnstiles, my vote is still for Tower Heist for its central cast the ever reliable Eddie Murphy and consistently hilarious Ben Stiller. A somewhat cross between his own Rush Hour and Soderberghs Oceans 11, Brett Ratner (he cut the international Kites version) has well-detailed yet impracticable characters going on about the most absurdly planned theft. (Technically they are stealing back what essentially is their own) But what even absurdly funny is the ensuing dialogue as a result of exaggerated obstacles that come across in the heist.

    The plot, in a nutshell, is a conspiracy to rob back the money from an enormously affluent businessman, after the employees realize they have been duped of their retirement remuneration through what was a calculated fraudulent scheme. The would-be victim, and the original con is Arthur Shaw a heavily Bernard Madoff inspired character who has an ultra luxurious penthouse (with a rooftop swimming pool). Stillers Josh Kovacs is aware of his incapability to solely attempt the heist, so he reaches out to small-time goon Slide (Eddie Murphy) to aid him and his cronies in the 20-million dollar theft which is more an illegally designed, yet somewhat legitimate payback.

    Director Brett Ratner has been pretty vocal about his fixation with heist films and so traces of inspiration can evidently be sourced to many caper pictures of the old 70s, mainly The Hot Rock. What he does in Tower Heist is convert an idea which is neither shockingly novel nor intriguingly original into a lavish expedition of over-ambitious pilferage. The exploding action amidst well-timed one-liners works well in a film such as this; where nobody is even expecting Christopher Nolan-powered elaborately meticulous schemes. Which is also perhaps been the stronghold of Ratner, as it is unassumingly clear from his past attempts. (Rush Hour series)

    On the whole, his new film might not be a memorable one, but the crackling camaraderie between Stiller and Murphy, and the thoroughly entertaining, even if moronically unreal, premise makes it attain a one-time watch status. Or else you always have The Hot Rock as a suitably cheaper alternative.

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