A special thanks to omy blog club for the invitation to preview TOWER HEIST at The Cathay on
1 November 2011 (Tuesday).
Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy lead an all-star cast in Tower Heist, a comedy caper about working stiffs who seek revenge on the Wall Street swindler who stiffed them. After the workers at a luxury Central Park condominium discover the penthouse billionaire has stolen their retirement, they plot the ultimate revenge: a heist to reclaim what he took from them.
Queens native Josh Kovacs (Stiller) 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 (Alan Alda) 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 (Murphy) 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.
Josh Kovaks - Ben Stiller
Slide - Eddie Murphy
Charlie - Casey Affleck
Arthur Shaw - Alan Alda
Mr. Fitzhugh - Matthew Broderick
Lester - Stephen McKinley Henderson
Mr. Simon - Judd Hirsh
Special Agent Claire Denham - Tea Leoni
Enrique Dev'Reaux - Michael Pena
Odessa - Gabourey Sidibe
Miss Iovenko - Nina Arianda
It is an old-fashioned comedy caper about few of the hardworking individuals after realising the Wall Street titan Arthur Shaw staying at the Tower's Penthouse has stolen their pension fund hence plotted an ultimate revenge plan to steal back the millions supposedly theirs.
Ben Stiller plays Josh Kovacs, the building manager that turned mastermind after being sacked by the management for smashing the 1963 Farrari. He decided to gather few of his co-workers to assemble a team with the help of a a petty crook acted by Eddie Murphy. The team managed to bring Shaw to justice with the help of the FBI agent (Tea Leoni).
There's amazing chemistry working between Ben Stiller and the rest that helped to bring forth some of the funniest exchanges and anchored the entire movie somewhat.
Eddie Murphy played the criminal that recruited to help in the heist but later, blinded by the greed of wanting those cash all by himself. He attempted to betray the team but unsuccessful. He forced to rejoin the team and to help successfully carried out their revenge plan.
It's rather entertaining though i have expected it to be better. Just come, enjoy the movie and have a good laugh.
Apparently, she is my favorite character. She is a safe-cracking expert named Odessa, played by Gabourey Sidibe. Gutsy, dominative and smart in a cute way.