Trailer Watch: Ratner Might Have a Populist Hit with Robbery Flick Tower Heist

by Anne Thompson
July 29, 2011 3:42 AM
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Tower Heist (November 4) is going to be a huge hit for Universal, for several reasons. First, it's about getting back at The Man: Bernie Madoff, basically, played by Alan Alda. The American moviegoer is ready for some payback about now. The trailer below spells it out: a Madoff-type rip-off artist is subject to house arrest in his fancy skyscraper penthouse. Even the building employees got rooked, and they're looking to get their own back. But they need a robbery expert: Ben Stiller knew Eddie Murphy back in the old neighborhood.

Second, it's got that Oceans 11 group-plans-a-heist mojo. Brett Ratner has assembled a terrific ensemble here, from Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick, Gaboure Sidibe and Tea Leoni to reliable Michael Pena, Stiller and yes, Murphy back in 48 HRS. wise-ass mode. This looks funny. I want to see it. And Ratner is a director of skill within a mainstream commercial zone. This is inside his sweet spot.

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  • Sean | August 6, 2011 7:30 AMReply

    Seriously, even from the trailer you can tell this will be a funny movie you simp.

  • Sean | August 6, 2011 7:29 AMReply

    I bet they are in the movie, just a hunch.

  • Timmy | July 29, 2011 4:54 AMReply

    "This looks funny. I want to see it."

    Did I miss the funny parts?

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