When I first saw the title, I thought this followed the usual parodies of famous genres. We’ve had them in their genre’s more general descriptors: ‘Scary Movie’ for the horror genre, and ‘Not Another Teen Movie’ for - you guessed it - teenage movies. With Heist’s genre-descriptive title, I thought it was a parody on spy thrillers/thieving-centric films, like Mission Impossible, Ocean’s Eleven or The Italian Job.
I was proven wrong, and I was glad to be. Tower Heist tells the story of how the staff of a high-end luxury serviced condominium tower in Manhattan try to get their money back from their swindler of an occupant. The movie shows glimpses of the lives of the people behind the people, as portrayed by Ben Stiller, Casey Affleck and Gabourey Sidibe. It also reflects how lives have changed throughout the financial disaster of the last decade with top investor Arthur Shaw as played by Alan Alda, and a down-on-his-luck banker portrayed by Matthew Broderick. Finishing off the triangle would be the police, primarily embodied in Tea Leoni’s portrayal of a special agent.
Being of the thieving movie variety, it also follows a pattern - scheming, planning, complete with suspenseful scenes with the ‘will they or won’t they’ feel, just of success and not romance. What I really liked about this film, though, was how it focuses on the ‘ordinary’ people, and how it looks into the lives of those who are usually relegated into the background.
A fun and enjoyable movie. Ben Stiller had always been a favorite of mine, and seeing that I liked it a lot, I will be recommending it.