Tower Heist Blu-ray Review
SoHood.com Reviewed by: Michelle Thomas
Movie Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Extras Rating: 5 out of 5
Overview: 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.
Review: The cast led by Ben Stiller (as Josh Kovacs) & Eddie Murphy (as Slide, who was also a producer on the film). After Wall street titan Arthur Shaw (played by Alan Alda) is caught stealing two billion dollars from his investors, he is put under house arrest.
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 to plan the nearly impossible, to steal what they are sure is hidden in Arthur’s guarded condo. Josh’s crew consist of Charlie (played by Casey Affleck), Mr. Fitzhugh (played by Matthew Broderick), Enrique Dev’Reaux (played by Michael Peña), and Odessa (played by Gabourey Sidibe).
Special Agent Claire Denham (played by Téa Leoni) is the person in charge of keeping Arthur under house arrest. She takes a liking to Josh and both even go on a date to have drinks at a bar. After the crew goes through the planning of breaking into Arthur’s condo, once they break in, they have to improvise. That’s pretty much the gist of it. But I won’t spoil anything for you guys. The film has its funny moments and every cast member did a solid job. There’s a small cameo of the late rapper/actor Heavy D (Dwight Arrington Myers (May 24, 1967 – November 8, 2011). It was great to see his smile. R.I.P.
(L-R) Ben Stiller (as Josh Kovacs) & Eddie Murphy (as Slide)
The only negative thing about the film is that it felt like the flow of scene sequences got a bit boring towards the end. I think it started very slow as it developed the characters, then it picked up tremendously after Eddie Murphy imposed his presence in the film. But it then got a bit boring somewhat and it needed to get back having more scenes with Eddie. I think Ben was a bit too serious and it’s understandable cause of the character that he played, wasn’t very outgoing and funny. But it kills me cause Ben is a funny guy in other films and I just didn’t get that from him in this one.
All in all, it’s a nice solid funny heist film, it’s not better than Ocean 11 as far as a heist movie but Tower Heist takes the comedy aspect , you can laugh out loud at some scenes and still enjoy the cast members’ performances.
The Good: Excellent cast. Excellent directing by Brett Ratner. Had its funny moments.
The Bad: the flow of the film.
Slide: How come you bailed me out? Man, I don’t even know your name!
Josh Kovacs: You don’t remember Mrs Schaltzberg? We used to get dropped at her house every day for daycare! Heavy-set German woman, short goatee.
Slide: You the little seizure boy that’s having seizures all the time!
Josh Kovacs: Asthma doesn’t cause seizures!
The specific aspects of the Audio and visuals for the Tower Heist Blu-ray Disc:
The picture quality on this is Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC. Video resolution: 1080p, Aspect ratio: 2.35:1, Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1 and the Audio on this Blu-ray is DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1.
Commentary: The images and sounds were top notch in my book.
Tower Heist Film Clip- The Cast:
The Tower Heist Bonus Features: The extra bonus features were interesting, I won’t break it down for you guys cause it’s best you go in fresh. But I’ll simply say that the crew and cast members really demonstrated how much they enjoyed making this film.
-Plotting Tower Heist
-Brett Ratner’s Video Diary
-Second Screen Interactive Experience
-U-Control Experience & Audio Commentary
About the Film
- Stars: Ben Stiller, Mathew Broderick, Eddie Murphy
- Language: English
- Number of discs:2
- Studio: Universal Pictures
- Blu-ray Release Date: February 21, 2012
- Run Time:104 minutes
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