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Tower Heist

It's not just a robbery. It's payback. 

Year: 2011 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: BBFC 12A Cert – Under 12s admitted only with an adult 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Brett Ratner 
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Ben Stiller, Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick  
An image from Tower Heist

When Wall Street tycoon Arthur Shaw (Alda) decides to swindle money from his investors he didn’t count on one thing: that they would fight back. Among the victims are the staff at his Central Park penthouse building, headed by the diligent Josh Kovacs (Stiller), who decide the time is nigh for some payback. With the help of local crook ‘Slide’ (Murphy), Kovacs and his band of amateurs attempt to take back what’s theirs from inside Shaw’s penthouse, but are in for a surprise or two when they get there…

A playful take on Wall Street’s exploitation of the little man and the uprising of the blue-collar worker is a welcome relief to the doom and gloom surrounding the current economic crisis. Murphy is back to his best as petty criminal Slide, reminding us that he is more than just the donkey from Shrek and Alda gives a delightful performance as banking tyrant Arthur Shaw. Never daring to take itself too seriously, Tower Heist is an outlandish comedy with an adrenaline-fueled finale that will have you on the edge of your seat.

If you liked Oceans 11, 12 and 13 then you’ll love this light-hearted heist movie, littered with quirky and droll characters throughout.

James Cook

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Screenings of this film:

2011/2012 Spring Term (35mm)