Starring: Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Alan Alda
Plot: Conscientious tower block manager Josh Kovaks (Ben Stiller) discovers his pension fund has evaporated and that the culprit is Wall Street bigwig Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) who just happens to be under house arrest and guarded by FBI agents in the heavily protected penthouse of Kovaks” tower block. With the aid of fellow disgruntled employees, Kovaks plans a daring heist on Shaw’s apartment to try to steal back what is rightfully theirs.
TM Rating: With a cast headlined by Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy, you’ve probably guessed that Tower Heist isn’t going to be a hard-hitting social drama.
The plot involving blue collar good guys turning into bad guys in order to right a wrong and hit back at big business is the stuff of good pantomime and the wonderful Alan Alda is a perfect pantomime villain. Stiller, as usual, is likeable and funny and Eddie Murphy does what Eddie Murphy does best.
But in the end it’s a run of the mill heist movie with plans going wrong, red herrings, twists and double twists, coincidences and unlikely scenarios.
With Stiller, Murphy and Alan Alda involved, Tower Heist was never going to be a Christmas turkey (you might not like Ben Stiller, you might not like Eddie Murphy but everyone likes Hawkeye). It’s fun and funny and, unlike Christmas dinner, you won’t feel stuffed after digesting it.
6/10 ““ Tower Heist is a decent choice for a week in which many people’s brains have probably been addled by partying. For those who don’t want to have to think too much over the festive season, Tower Heist obliges with a serving of light and bubbly Christmas cheer.
Screening Times: 5.30pm daily
Tickets: €6.50 Buy Your Tickets Here