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Tower Heist Movie Review
Article: I have to admit the top attraction in this Brett Ratner film is the pairing of Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy, two top drawer comedians with the latter probably having seen better days. Still, the trailer would have sold you that there's never enough of Murphy's trash talking, except that the best bits were already found within that preview clip, and the rest of Murphy's limited screen time never really made any further impact as far as tickling the funny bone is concerned.
Bankers and white collared criminals seem to be under the spotlight these days, with Johnnie To's Life Without Principle taking square aim at unscrupulous schemes banks employ to get that extra buck from the less than financially savvy, or in Margin Call, opening in theatres at the end of the year here, deals with folks in an investment bank during the brink of the financial crisis. In Tower Heist, the crux and the rationale for a group of ex-staff breaking and entering a high security Tower (Trump Tower standing in as a set) lie with its owner Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda), who had just about swindled all of their pension amounts, given that as employees, what better than to entrust one's savings to someone who's known to be a hotshot in Wall Street?
Perhaps it is this blind faith, and probably basic human greed in continuously wanting more, that these ordinary Joes and Janes become victims of fraud. I would suppose the plotting in Adam Cooper, Bill Collage and Ted Griffin's story would probably have stemmed from a reaction to the recent debacles involving white collared criminals with the intent to swindle, and it can't hit closer to home than in recent years, highlighting at times the injustice served since men like Shaw command a network of high net worth and influential individuals, that it becomes almost like an old boys club in the way threats are made by those with power and the currency to wield that power, of the rich versus the working class.