Friday, March 2, 2012

Tower Heist - DVD review

A Crime comedy starring Ben stiller and Eddie Murphy and this movie was released without much artificial hype surrounding it. Not that I don’t like Ben stiller, but I was sceptical about watching him in a crime-comedy despite hearing some good reviews.  But after 104 minutes (exact runtime), I have to say, the movie is surprisingly good.

The plot is like a group of good hearted and hard working men is cheated by a billionaire’s Ponzi scheme, and so they set out to take revenge by stealing his hidden money. The best part about the movie is that it never tries too hard to impress. Credits go to the writers and director Brett Ratner.  Even though it’s a crime comedy, I would say it is more like a breezy feel good comedy involving a crime.
If you expect an ocean’s eleven or the Italian job, you will be disappointed. Because the heist part of the movie is pretty much ordinary and the whole movie is about how they plan the heist.  It is neither an intelligent movie nor a fast paced action/thriller. Ben stiller and Eddie Murphy have given some controlled and solid performances.  Supporting cast is also commendable. Despite falling into the crime genre, it is rated as PG-13, and I have to say excluding some few scenes, this movie can be rated as PG, which shows how subtle the humour is throughout the movie.  Yet another good thing about the movie is that they have avoided unnecessary subplots and romantic interests.
These days it is quite hard to find a movie which doesn’t try to over sell, especially if it’s a comedy.  With most of them carrying tag lines like – “Best comedy after Hangover”. But this one stands apart with an original script and some real witty one liners. The movie may not make you roll on the floor laughing nor will it give anything to have a serious conversation about, once the movie is over. However If you are looking forward to watch a light hearted well-paced comedy  on a Saturday night with a tub of popcorn in your hand, you won’t go wrong with this one.

Go for it and I would rate it 3.5/5.