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‘Tower Heist’ Trailer, From Director Brett Ratner

Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy star in an action comedy. Right away, you know Brett Ratner directed Tower Heist. The often loathed X-Men: The Last Stand director hasn't gone behind the camera for a big-screen feature since 2007's Rush Hour 3, but he returns to "form" in this film about several employees of a luxury apartment building who plot to rob its owner when they find out they've been victimized by his Ponzi scheme.

The cast might be among the most unusual ever assembled. Stiller leads as the building manager of sorts and Murphy plays an expert thief who he hires to teach the average Joe employees how to be criminals. Rounding out the main ensemble are Matthew Broderick, Téa Leoni, Casey Affleck, Gabourey Sidibe, Michael Peña (Battle: Los Angeles) and Alan Alda as the corrupt millionaire.

The best way to describe this film is like a mix between Rush Hour, Ocean's Eleven and Dodgeball. Nope, that doesn't quite seem to do it, though Ocean's Eleven writer Ted Griffin has a writing credit and hey, look at that, so does Dodgeball writer Rawson Marshall Thurber

The assemblage of writers on this script seems just as ridiculous. They include (in addition to Griffin and Thurber) most randomly Noah Baumbach (Greenberg), Russell Gerwitz (Inside Man), Leslie Dixon (Limitless, The Thomas Crown Affair) and Bill Collage and Adam Cooper (Accepted). Oh, and Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can) did rewrites. A certain phrase starting with "cluster" comes to mind.

Tower Heist will make you want to get your money back on Nov. 4.


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