The Twenty-First Century

Man On A Ledge [2012]

As far as popcorn movies go, this one isn’t bad, but the filmmakers take an awfully long time getting to the actual plot, content to spend the first half of the movie teasing us. And once it got to the real storyline, it became clear to me where the film was heading, perhaps a bit too clear. But at least I can begin on a positive note: Sam Worthington is in fine form as an ex- cop who wants to prove he was innocent of a crime that sent him to prison for 25 years. How?  After escaping from prison, he checks into a Manhattan hotel, climbs out of the window and threatens to jump. While a crowd and the city’s news media gather to watch him, his brother (Jamie Bell) and his girlfriend (Genesis Rodriguez) quietly break into a tycoon’s office (a wasted Ed Harris) block across the street, in an attempt to find the diamond Worthington was convicted of stealing, and thereby clear his name. Not a bad idea. So basically, Worthington spends the entire movie standing on a ledge. But compared to Tom Cruise’s recent exploit on Burj Khalifa in “Mission Impossible 4”, “Man On A Ledge” doesn’t stand a chance. What it manages to do however is manipulate the action and the visual effects with notable skill. A lot of the heist sequences manage to create some good tension, and director Asger Leth is clever enough to keep things moving at a good pace. If nothing else, you won’t get bored at all. I just wish the ending made more sense. But I guess silliness can be forgivable in movies like this, at least to fans of the genre. “Man On A Ledge” is as straightforward as an episode of “Prison Break”, and if you can’t accept that, then I suggest you look elsewhere.

Rating: 2.5/4

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