Man on a Ledge Reviews
Ex- cop and wanted fugitive Nick Cassidy plants himself out on the ledge of a high rise building while a troubled NYPD negotiator tries to talk him down, and quell some of her personal demons. It's a very simple set up, and in the hands of the right person, they could make a great film using just this set up alone. However, in a neat move, this set up is merely a pawn in a scheme for Cassidy to clear his name and settle an old score, complete with a few twists along the way. I'm okay with this, but I just wish it could have been handled and presented better.
Sam Worthington agreed to this, finding the script intriguing, and also as a good way to try to get over his own fear of heights. In fact, in many shots, he, and the other actors are doing their own stunt work on an actual ledge on location, with the filmmakers using creative ways (both digitally and practically) to hide the wires and harness. That's cool. What's not cool is the by the numbers and phoned in performances. Worthington tries his best on all fronts, but he is a little too underwhelming. It doesn't help that his accent slips in a few times too many.
I felt that Elizabeth Banks and Edward Burns fared better, doing the best they could with typical archetypal roles that don't really stray too far from the mold. Ed Harris does add some gravitas, but again, he's not given much to work with, and Alan Alda did a far better job in a similar role in the similar Tower Heist. Also, I love Kyra Sedgwick, but was she really needed for this? Her appearance seemed really random and pointless, especially given her caliber and level of recognition.
So yeah, the movie is dumb fun, typical Hollywood popcorn crap, and while I ultimately don't think it's that great, I didn't hate it. It's not boring, there's some cool scenes and good ideas, and it takes a simple idea and tries to run with it in a neat way. It's just a shame that it really falls flat and fails to be as compelling and, more importantly gripping as the set up implies it should be.
"You Can Only Push An Innocent Man So Far"
Man on a Ledge did exactly what I expected and what I wanted. It entertained the hell out of me. A lot of the plot elements are rather silly and the film isn't what you'd call intelligent, but I'm fine with that. I didn't expect anything more from Man on a Ledge. All I wanted was for it to be entertaining, and it was. Man on a Ledge is a solid thriller. It has moments of downtime, but not too much. For the most part, it is a quick moving and extremely fun thriller. There are some good actors involved here too. None of them are at their best for a silly little movie like this, but their good enough.
Nick Cassidy was imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. So he breaks out of prison, gets a hotel room on the 21st floor, and threatens to kill himself. All of this is obviously a diversion, so that he can prove his innocence. From that short little plot description, you should easily be able to understand what this movie is trying to be. The film would be extremely easy to criticize. It's unrealistic and impossible, but that would be missing the point. Who cares if it's impossible or not? It's one hell of a ride.
It's pretty slickly made with some really cool sequences involving running and jumping from ledges to other ledges. There's some dangling off of a building while holding onto a tact team member. There's also moments of tense and suspense, but you pretty much know from the offset how this story is going to end. I don't believe the writer or the director are trying to hide a whole lot with this story.
It's not going to win any awards, but that shouldn't surprise you. This is one of those early in the year movies that aren't expected to get great reviews or be in the Oscar hunt. It's made to do one thing, and that is entertain people who will let it entertain them. I gave in quickly and I am happy I did. I ended up really enjoying the film.
An ex-cop turned con threatens to jump to his death from a Manhattan hotel rooftop. The police then dispatches a female police psychologist personally requested to talk him down from the ledge.
Nick (Sam Worthington) is an escaped convict out on a ledge outside an hotel room in the city, with a crowd below waiting for him to jump. Lydia (Elizabeth Banks) is the negotiator trying to talk him down. But he is actually engaged in a distraction, buying time for his brother Joey (Jamie Bell) and girlfriend Angie (Genesis Rodrigues) to steal a diamond from high powered ruthless crook David Englander (Ed Harris) within a high-tech security system in a neighbouring building, this being the key to his freedom. The first thing for me to say is that this film does not merit close examination - in the cold light of day it falls apart in your hands. It has an air about of a film which was developed entirely from the title - "Man on a Ledge is a great name for a movie - now, who is he, and why is he on a ledge?". So, please, don't go into this expecting it to make vast amounts of sense: it doesn't. Conversely, if you go in with a bag of popcorn and your brain in neutral, you are likely to have a good deal of fun, because this is a good natured action thriller with good action, lots of suspense, some twists and turns, Ed Harris as a pantomime villain, and decent turns from the principals.