REVIEW: Super-Preposterous Man on a Ledge At Least Has Crazy Confidence on Its Side
8 March 2014
Excerpt: It’s so hard to find a reasonably enjoyable thriller these days that anything with a marginally intriguing premise and fewer than 10 plot holes has come to seem like a minor miracle. Man on a Ledge might have been that kind of modest miracle: Sam Worthington stars as Nick Cassidy, a pissed-off ex-cop who’s been convicted of a crime he didn’t commit.
Excerpt: Man on a Ledge is a silly film about a man perching himself outside of a building, with a heist-like situation occurring at the same time. It has a fairly strong cast and seemed like a film more fit for early autumn, rather than in the middle of January this past winter. After seeing it, it is clear why. As I said, the film is silly, but also wastes putting many of its best aspects to better use.
Excerpt: Man on a Ledge has a triumphant quality: it’s camera work. Situated on Madison Avenue at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York, that camera swivels and swerves multiple stories up. There is no green screen; that’s Sam Worthington looking over the ledge at the city populace below. It’s an unnerving, tense sight, both disorienting and dizzying, double that if heights don’t agree with you. At some point, that charm will wane.
Summary: A man arrives at a tony midtown Manhattan hotel and checks in. He's obviously a professional, well dressed, but somehow emotionally distant, tamped down, not quite there. He gets to his room and orders a huge and lavish breakfast, and then in an odd display of post meal etiquette meticulously works his hotel room, wiping off every object he's touched.
Excerpt: Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington, Avatar ) checks into the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. He orders room service. He drinks some champagne. When he is finished, he climbs out of the window and out onto the ledge, several stories up from the street below. A crowd begins to form. The cops are called. Before long, the entire block has become a circus, all focused on whether or not Nick is going to jump. Surprised, right?
Conclusion: If you watch this movie, try to count the number of times freak coincidences work out perfectly so that Cassidy's "plan" can work out. Better yet, make it a drinking game. It's like Deus Ex Machina hits you over the head every other scene. I certainly would have enjoyed the movie more had Elizabeth Banks provided the subtly sarcastic commentary she gave to the movie's trailer. If you're looking for a brainless action movie then I guess you could do worse.
Excerpt: The man is Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington). He's a former cop, recently escaped from prison, and he's on the ledge because from there, somehow, he hopes he'll be able to prove his innocence in the crime he was jailed for. A negotiator named Dougherty (Ed Burns) is sent to talk to him, but Nick requests a different negotiator named Lydia Mercer (Elizabeth Banks), who's still beating herself up over a recent, unsuccessful attempt to talk someone down.
Excerpt: It’s one thing for a movie to ask you to suspend disbelief and another for it to ask you to suspend all logic. Though action films and thrillers regularly break the laws of physics and biology, strong characters and story will allow you go along with them for the sake of diversion. Man on a Ledge , however, includes far too many logical leaps, and lacks any interesting elements, resulting in an asinine, poor excuse for entertainment.
Excerpt: It is generally a fair proposition to accept the basic premise of a film, no matter how ludicrous, and see where the filmmakers take it. (And sometimes ludicrousness is the point, for instance in the Crank movies.) So Man On A Ledge should be allowed to build on the following foundation: Ex-cop Sam Worthington, sent to jail for stealing a $40 million diamond breaks out, checks into a Manhattan high-rise hotel, and climbs out onto a 25th-floor ledge, all in an elaborate...