TOWER HEIST (12A)
THANKSGIVING is one of the major holidays in America, when shops close and families come together around a dinner table laden with turkey and all the trimmings.
New York City celebrates with an annual parade of giant balloons and these colourful festivities on the streets of the Big Apple provide a perfect cover for a daring robbery in Brett Ratner’s action-packed comedy.
Tower Heist is a largely entertaining if completely preposterous romp, especially when it comes to the climactic theft.
The unlikely mastermind is Josh Kovacs (Ben Stiller), proud manager of The Tower, one of the most luxurious and tightly secured residences in New York City.
However, one wrong decision ruins everything.
Josh entrusts the workers’ pensions to Wall Street titan Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda), who is placed under house arrest after he is caught stealing two billion dollars from investors.
The employees’ futures are gone, along with the entire life savings of retiring door man, Lester (Stephen McKinley Henderson).
Stiller is a likeable hero, risking everything to ensure the staff aren’t swindled out of their dues.
Rating: Three stars