Movie Details

Tower Heist

When a group of hard working guys find out they`ve fallen victim to a wealthy business man`s Ponzi scheme, they conspire to rob his high-rise residence. Crime comedy directed by Brett Ratner and starring Ben Stiller, Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick, Eddie Murphy, Alan Alda, Michael Pena, Tea Leoni and Gabourey Sidibe.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG13
Release Date: 3 Nov 2011
Genre: Action / Comedy / Crime
Running Time: 1 Hour 45 Minutes
Distributor: UNITED INTERNATIONAL PICTURES
Cast: Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Matthew Broderick, Tea Leoni, Gabourey Sidibe, Casey Affleck
Director: Brett Ratner
Format: NA

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Writer: Lester Gan Wai Lun

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Watch this if you liked: “Ocean’s 11”, "Blue Streak" and “Tropic Thunder”

This is a film everyone expected to fail miserably, especially when we found out Brett Ratner ("X-Men: The Last Stand") is the director. Surprisingly enough though, it turned out to be way better and funnier than expected, yes, the plot is unbelievably dumb, but Brett was right to think that the audience would never watch this film expecting an "Italian Job" kind of plot. It's supposed to be a comedy and it was undoubtedly one.

The story goes like this; Ben Stiller plays the superintendent of a high rise luxury tower, where the residents were led to believe that they've been tricked into a Ponzi scheme by a billionaire who lives in their building. Reeking with vengeance, they bail a criminal (Eddie Murphy) out of jail to aid them in regaining their lost savings. Strangely the story works, Ben and Eddie (both who've not had a very good track record in their past few "comedy" films) were at the top of their game in this film.

There were scenes that would make you laugh out loud and some that might just leave a little smirk on your face. But the overall feel of this comedy film is a very good one, the main and supporting casts had character driven humour that were absolutely lovable. Many one liners to keep you entertained throughout, though there will be a few that won't be as funny as the writers had intended.

So to top off an already successful production, the actual heist itself was intelligently written and felt very original. A very refreshing and over-the-top funny film has been made and no one would expect it to come from a director like Brett Ratner. Surely one not to be missed once it hits the big screen.

Cinema Online, 02 November 2011
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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