Man on a Ledge Reviews
I'm one of those people who enjoys a movie where you have to figure shit out and initially this is a huge guessing game as you have no clear idea what is going on or why 'Nick' is doing what he's doing. His story is slowly revealed and unfortunately this gets very clichéd the further along we go, including a super happy ending that was a bit much. Jamie Bell plays his brother and (as per) is excellent, getting the N.Y accent perfect which I can"t say for Worthington who struggled with his. A fun original thrill ride with great secondary characters including Ed Harris. 9/15/14
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The first forty minutes or so are the strongest. You get to meet the main character, Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) and get a sense of his problem, but you don't know exactly what it is. Bit by bit pieces of information are revealed and the story picks up some pace. The premise is more interesting than the execution, though, and some of the slower moments give you enough time to realize that some scenes are downright silly.
Most characters in this movie do not need a lot of back story; they are the stereotypes that are easy to portray. Elizabeth Banks portrays detective Lydia Mercer and while her short back story lent itself for some interesting film, it was only briefly used. Cassidy's accomplices are his father (William Sadler), brother Joey (Jamie Bell) and Cleavage Girl, err, Joey's girlfriend Angie (Genesis Rodriguez).
Despite these facts, the movie never dragged nor did I feel like it was a waste of my time. It didn't feature any 'wow' moments either, so I'll rate it mediocre at best.
Some critics have dared to utter the unforgivable words "this movie should have been made in 3D". What were they thinking??? Nothing ever in a movie is better in 3D. Period.
Pros: Mildly entertaining
Cons: Flat characters, mediocre at best.