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Cast makes ‘Heist’ towering hit

3.5 stars

Who knew Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy could make great partners in crime? Directed by Brett Ratner, “Tower Heist” is a comedy about a group of employees who work at an exclusive apartment building called the Tower when billionaire Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) is arrested for stealing two billion dollars from investors along with the staff’s pension, the group of employees decide to steal the money back.

The star-studded cast blended surprisingly well together, considering the different characters they portrayed. The movie centered around the building manager Josh Kovacs (Ben Stiller), Shaw’s assistant who spent most of his life working at the Tower.

The moment Eddie Murphy steps into the scene yelling obscenities at Kovacs, he makes his statement. Murphy goes back to his roots and makes me laugh more in this movie than his last five combined.  The rest of the cast, Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick, Michael Pena, and Tea Leoni, who is Kovacs love interest, create a great diversity. Gabourey Sidibe steals the show every moment she gets as a Jamaican immigrant worker.

“I thought the movie was very good,” said Rose Craft. “All the actors blew me away. The entire movie was hilarious.”

The music,composed by Christophe Beck, had an Oceans Eleven feel to it, with a dramatic and mysterious sound that blends with the overall scheme. While the plot was well written, the ending was a little unrealistic. Each character brings humor in different ways and creates a movie constantly filled with laughter, even at the heart touching moments.

“Eddie Murphy really impressed me in this movie, since his movies are usually kinda lame,” said Laura Zuluaga. “The movie surpassed my expectations in general, I thought it was going to be cheesy.”

Although there are many movies like “Tower Heist,” this one seems to stick out the most as a funnier version of Oceans Eleven.

Like they said in the movie, it was a definite check mate.

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