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Tower Heist - Thursday, November 3, 2011 @ 1:01 PM
Take Robin out of the forest and plant him with his arrow and bow in the modern concrete jungle of New York City.



Yes, that's him.  

Make him ordinary Josh, the building manager of the most expensive private apartment, The Tower.  


He runs his support staff in clinical clockwork fashion - much like the PAP government with their individual HDB estates in Singapore.  




Sadly, there is no love interest like Maid Marion or any scandalous tryst among staff members. 


Here is the twist - the humble but subservient tailored crew had actually committed their pensions to the furiously wealthy, Arthur Shaw (not related to the filthy rich folks of the local Shaw foundation) who lives in the penthouse of the same building (does this ring a bell?  Say, the 15% Singaporeans are forced to put aside from their salaries and only to be withdrawn when they are made old and grumpy by the modern stresses of life?)  




The financial fate of the crew is worse off, unfortunately.  Mr Shaw had cheated them of their pensions aka the 2008 Wall Street investment fiasco that made lives miserable all the world over years ago and the rich even richer.  Cornered and bewildered by how the lives around him are slowly falling apart because of the monetary losses, he breaks the shackles of his civil service trappings and plans an elaborate heist to take back what rightfully belong to the commoners.  


The target? A prized item belonging to Mr Shaw that is made from solid gold and that which is A LOT BIGGER than the gold tap our former NKF CEO had rigged up in his office. *Standing ovation* 




Keep in mind that one should suspend all judgement and just enjoy the quirky humour (fortunately not over the top this time) Ben Stiller movies are famed for.  Or else the unrealistic elements will just be perpetual killjoys.  Do not expect the slick and suave elements in Ocean's Eleven.  Neither should one expect the authorities or PAP to step in and save the day with annual financial handouts.  The modern Robin Hood of Josh does distribute the spoils (opps, did I warn you about spoilers in this review?) in parts of the machinery (opps again!) that are both ludicrous and amusing.  




Watch it if you enjoy Ben Stiller stir-the-shit-and-try-to-save-the-situation moments.  Or if you enjoy being surprised by new and old faces among the cast with their appearances in the movie.  


3 out of 5 ESCAPES from me. 
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