‘Tower Heist’ Trailer Impresses

Thursday, July 28, 2011
By Kevin Crossman

The trailer for the all-star heist comedy Tower Heist is now available on Yahoo! and for a forty-something like me it’s a very pleasant trip down memory lane. Despite director Brett Ratner’s, uh, uneven track record, I must say the trailer looks outstanding. We see that Ben Stiller is the ringleader, and when early word about the film leaked that this was a “blue collar” team I have to admit I was a bit worried. The trailer very well explains Stiller’s position in life, which isn’t exactly that of a manual laborer.

Also impressing is Eddie Murphy. More specifically, the return of the Eddie Murphy that I grew up on. Loud. Profane. (Hopefully) hilarious. Also for the ride is Matthew Broderick, who I haven’t seen much of since The Cable Guy but who of course I grew up with in War Games and Ferris Bueller. So, his return to mainstream comedy is welcome (yes, I know Broderick spent some time on Broadway and on screen with The Producers. I haven’t seen it - sue me).

I was also impressed by Michael Pena and especially Gabourey Sidibe who has very well demonstrated comedy chops from appearances on Saturday Night Life and on The Big C. Also starring are Téa Leoni, Casey Affleck, Stephen Henderson, Judd Hirsch, and Alan Alda.

So, gang, what do you think? Tower Heist opens on November 4th.

Plot Summary:

Plot Summary: 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.

Tower Heist Poster

Tower Heist Poster

5 Responses to “‘Tower Heist’ Trailer Impresses”

  1. Rod

    Fell for once, I actually laughed at Eddie Murphy, so that’s good, on the other hand I didn’t really laugh at the rest of the trailer

  2. Rick

    Michael Pena looks so photoshopped onto that poster.

    Eddie Murphy looks great in the trailer, seems like a comeback comedic performance. The rest of the cast… meh

  3. chris

    IMO it didn’t really impress me. The poster looks kind of like Night at the Museum-esque. The trailer wasn’t that funny; looks more actiony and than funny. Murphy and Stiller could be good together, but the only thing I laughed at was Broderick’s “If you need me, I’ll be living in this box.”

  4. Justin

    looks freakin awesome!!! i had fun watching the trailer!!

  5. ASFan

    Definitely looks like sleeper hit comedy of the early holiday season. Hopefully it tramples over that atrocity known as Jack and Jill.

    Although, we won’t know how profane Eddie Murphy is going to be. With a pretty big cast like that, one would expect a PG-13 rating, but the trailer definitely shows potential for an R rating.


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