Eddie Murphy. What an enigma.
Just the other day I was thinking to myself how great it would be if Eddie Murphy played the title role in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained. Not that I don’t like the choice of Jamie Foxx. But it would be great to see Eddie Murphy in a dramatic challenging role again. After he earned an oscar nomination for his performance in the movie Dreamgirls, I assumed that it would mark a new exciting phase in Eddie Murphy’s movie career. But the harsh reality is Eddie Murphy seems to be content with just making fun blockbuster comedies. Maybe that’s just his path. As much as we’d all like to see him break away from the silly stuff this might just be who he is and wants to be.
The trailer to Tower Heist reveals that Murphy plays a comic criminal mentor to a bunch of white security guards. Ironically, Jamie Foxx also played a criminal mentor to white yuppies in the film Horrible Bosses.
Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy lead an all-star cast in Tower Heist, a comedy caper about working stiffs who seek revenge on the Wall Street swindler who stiffed them. After the workers at a luxury Central Park condominium discover the penthouse billionaire has stolen their retirement, they plot the ultimate revenge: a heist to reclaim what he took from them. Queens native Josh Kovacs (Stiller) has managed one of the most luxurious and well-secured residences in New York City for more than a decade. Under his watchful eye, nothing goes undetected. In the swankiest unit atop Josh’s building, Wall Street titan Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) is under house arrest after being caught stealing two billion from his investors. The hardest hit among those he defrauded? The tower staffers whose pensions he was entrusted to manage. With only days before Arthur gets away with the perfect crime, Josh’s crew turns to petty crook Slide (Murphy) to plan the nearly impossible…to steal what they are sure is hidden in Arthur’s guarded condo. Though amateurs, these rookie thieves know the building better than anyone. Turns out they’ve been casing the place for years, they just didn’t know it.