On the plus side, Tower Heist has a well-cast ensemble and makes great use of its mid-Manhattan location, including an incursion into the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. (I was more absorbed in those scenes—and trying to figure out how they were filmed—than I was in the “thrill” footage set many stories up in the sky. Now that computer imagery has made the impossible possible, it’s hard to be invested in those kind of stunts because we know—
—they’re not real and no one is at risk.)
Director Brett Ratner does capture the atmosphere of a bustling New York building with a multicultural staff. But the script, credited to Ted Griffin and Jeff Nathanson (from a story by Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, and Griffin), never goes the distance in terms of interesting character development…and leaves several story threads loose during the third act.
I know, it’s just a caper movie. But why shouldn’t a big-budget film with A-list talent provide a great entertainment experience? Tower Heist is just good enough to get by.
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