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FTN reviews Man On A Ledge

January 31st, 2012 by Big Phil 1 Comment


Man On A Ledge (12a)
Directed by: Asger Leth
Starring: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks and Jamie Bell
Running Time: 102mins

As a police psychologist works to talk down an ex-con who is threatening to jump from a Manhattan hotel rooftop, the biggest diamond heist ever committed is in motion…

Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) is an ex-cop who has been released from prison for the funeral of his father. Nick was in prison for stealing a $40 million diamond and has always maintained his innocence.

Escaping from his guards at his father’s funeral and aided by his brother Joey (Jamie Bell) and Joey’s girlfriend Angie (Genesis Rodriguez) Nick sets in motion a plan to clear his name once for all. A plan that involves him climbing out on the ledge of a New York hotel and creating a media buzz so loud that he hopefully can clear his name…

Man on a Ledge starts off well; in the first twenty minutes the audience is gripped into a story of a man who was falsely accused of theft, has lost everything and is desperate to clear his name at all costs. Sam Worthington does a pretty convincing job of a man pushed beyond his limits and desperate for everyone to believe he is innocent.

Sadly though, the film loses its credibility and edge particularly in the scenes involving Joey and Angie as they go about their heist to try to clear Nick’s name. It’s in these scenes that the dialogue falters and the action, while trying hard to imitate Mission Impossible, simply falls flat. Indeed there are times when the audience is three steps ahead of the plot of the movie as most elements are forecasted well in advance.

There are however a few glimmers in this movie in the form of supporting actors Ed Harris, who plays the villain David Englander and welcome appearances from Bill Sadler and Elizabeth Banks.

However, these performances cannot save this movie from being mediocre at best. Director Asger Leth has tried to make an interesting caper movie but sadly he has been let down by a pretty clichéd script and plot lines that are very familiar with most audiences.

That said, this film may strike a chord with a younger audience, unfamiliar with the plot elements and more akin to the (at times) cheesy one-liners. Sadly, a diamond movie this is not; more so a polished glass that is simply OK at best.

Phil Wilce
3 out of 5 Nerds

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I arrived on Earth in 1977 and have virtually devoted my entire existence to cult films, television programmes and cartoons. I am a very big fan of Star Wars and Star Trek; I may struggle with foreign languages but I can order live Gagh in Klingon! I’m the Nerd that knows the trivia but I’m hopeless at sport!