TME Review : Man On A Ledge

Posted: January 27, 2012 by tmepost in Movies, Reviews
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By David Burrola

Release : January 27, 2012

Run time: 102 min

Genre : Crime/Thriller

Director : Asger Leth

Cast: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Anthony Mackie, Genesis Rodriguez, Edward Burns, Ed Harris

A Police Psychologist attempts to talk a man from jumping off a building while a heist is pulled behind the scenes.

This is one of those movies I think of when I think ‘Entertainment’. Thats not a bad thing at all, far from it in film, its what you aim for and Man on a Ledge is that kind of film.

Fairly straight forward and pretty predictable, you keep watching because you only care about watching a good flick.

We start with a lone man in Manhattan, walking along, going to a hotel and then promptly prepping himself to get on the ledge of the hotel.

This whole bit is a nice set up to the film and gets it right going on where it should be. Of course, we get a longer flashback that tells us who this guy is and how he gets here. Our man, is Nick Cassady, played by Sam Worthington, an Ex-Cop put in prison but given time to attend his fathers’ funeral. Which he promptly uses as a means to break out, and get to the hotel to be on the ledge for the title of the movie.

While it may seem a bit jarring or a longer tangent done really early on, what it does do, is give the rest of the film time to play out naturally and at the proper pace to keep you interested. And to introduce the rest of the cast of characters, like our initial Cop played by Edward Burns, who’s always good for your architype for a New Yorker. Not long after talking to Cassidy, calling himself Walker at the moment, Nick requests a particular Cop by name, which is our next character we’ve seen before a tortured soul, who relives a day of failure and ridden with guilt, Lydia Mercer, played by Elizabeth Banks.

Now from here the film goes about the turmoil the hero’s plunged with and the struggle our other hero has for personal redemtion. All the while we start to see that things aren’t as they seem and start gaining sympathies with each character.

I’m kind of running this down like i’m in a class, but really audiences have seen this all before, and yet its still fun to watch. Not much is original here, but its well done. The cast fill out their roles well and while there are some moments of cheesy dialogue, nobody goes so far with them that its sickening.

The crux of this is that the Nick Cassidy was framed for stealing a big diamond from big time business mogul David Englander, played by Ed Harris and is put in prison. So, he goes to prove his innosence in an extreme fashion all the while, his younger brother Joey(Jamie Bell) and his girlfriend Angie(Genesis Rodriguez) go to steal the diamond for real to expose Englander as a criminal.

There’s snappy dialogue abound with Joey and Angie, not to mention seeing them pulling the heist is fun not entirely because of the same tropes that are there, but also because of the things they do that actually seem challenging for them. Most heists that we see in film are either done flawlessly, or are more of a wonder that any of them pull it off at all. Here Joey and Angie seem to know just enough of what their doing to get by, but get past their short comings because of the goal which isn’t the theft itself but justice. Kind of a nice change on the old heist.

Meanwhile, Nick and Lydia’s exchanges on the ledge are what this really hangs on. Its the performances from both these actors that makes this work or not. Sam Worthington may be a guy that’s a bit frustrating to watch, because he gets into his roles well, but has a hard time concealing his accent at times. One minute he’s talking like a New Yorker and the next couple words he’s got his natural Australian accent in. Though, I think most of the time you can get past that when he honestly delivers a line well or gets the feel of a scene across. That is, unless your nit-picky.

Elizabeth Banks holds strong as the Cop fallen from guilt, but not giving up on her job or duty just because of a failure. Yes she’s obviously trouble by this past event, but you can tell she’s trying. You also see how well she handles being thrust into this situation and starts to analyze it and see that there’s more going on.

These are all classic movie tropes, and while there are a few things left dangling by the end of it all(what t he hell happened to Nick’s partener?), you get the kind of feel good resolution we expect from movies. You want the underdog to win, you want the badguy to get caught, and you want to see the good guys have a happy ending. This is entertainment, letting go of what makes a lot of sense for something that just goes to tell a story that you believe and can sit and watch for 2 hours.

Matinee or early evening.

  1. CMrok93 says:

    There is a lot to be entertained by here but there is also way too much that we can’t actually take seriously and it actually ends up being more of just a silly thriller that has a good cast, that doesn’t really do much. Good review.

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