Excerpt: Nick Cassidy is a convicted cop who got sent to jail after stealing a diamond worth 40 million dollars from wealthy businessman David Englander. Although he always kept saying he was innocent, nobody believed him and when his final appeal comes up short, he’s left with nothing but his ultimate plan...
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.
Conclusion: As a technical achievement, Man on a Ledge is aces. Unfortunately, the story that wizardry supports is just flat out ludicrous, and suspension of disbelief is required at such extreme levels you may want to throw yourself off the nearest skyscraper.
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.
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.
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.
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.