The reviews are in for Tower Heist, the Hollywood comedy starring Eddie Murphy, Ben Stiller and Casey Affleck, and it's a mixed bag. The film follows a group of hard workers who conspire to rob a wealthy businessman after falling victim to his Ponzi scheme.
The returning Murphy should be enough of a draw for weekend cinemagoers, with Brett Ratner's film expected to fare well against 'A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas' and 'The Son of No One'. However, critics appear divided on Tower Heist, with the general consensus suggesting the movie entertains without ever fulfilling its potential. Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Betsy Sharkey notes, "Tower Heist might not be a classic (it's not), but at least for a little while it will make you laugh instead of cry about the current state of affairs, which is more than you can say about a lot of things". Rolling Stone magazine movie critic Peter Travers said, "You won't remember Tower Heist an hour later, but the top cast makes the jokes (even the lousy ones) go down easy". During a recent interview with Collider.com, director Ratner revealed how the initial idea for the film was Eddie Murphy's, who also had a very different cast in mind, saying, "He (Murphy) pitched me an idea about a bunch of blue-collar working-class guys, but they were all black. Chris Rock, Chris Tucker, Dave Chappelle, Jamie Foxx". Ratner said he liked the idea, but brought in Stiller, Affleck and Matthew Broderick, adding, "The only person that turned me down was (Robert) Redford".
Tower Heist hit cinemas in the UK on Wednesday (2nd November 2011), and goes on general release in the U.S. from Friday.