John Hanlon

After Kovacs realizes that his friend has nearly killed himself over losing his savings, he takes a bat and slams it into Shaw’s classic Ferrari, which was once owned by Steve McQueen. Many people who lost their money to unethical investors may dream of doing this themselves. But "Tower Heist" is smart about it. Kovacs, while being applauded by even the FBI, is eventually punished for his crime. Protesting is one thing but committing a crime is another thing entirely and this story knows the difference. “Occupy Wall Street” protestors should take note of the distinction.

Ironically, one thing that isn’t pointed out is how self-destructive Kovacs’ actions are. If Shaw is convicted, the car would likely be sold and some of the money earned from it could be returned to the people who were jilted by Shaw himself. Thus destroying the car serves no one but Kovacs himself. The car eventually becomes an important part of the story but the stupidity of Kovacs'earlier actions are never fully discussed.

Regardless, “Tower Heist” is a solid comedy that doesn’t settle for easy solutions. Yes, it’s about thieves but it never takes its premise too seriously. The ending may be ridiculous and its conclusion ultimately leaves some questions unanswered about Shaw’s other victims but it’s a fun story nevertheless.

John Hanlon

John Hanlon writes movie reviews and about pop culture for our site. He can be found on Twitter @johnhanlon.