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Man On A Ledge

Man On A Ledge

2.0 202 Ratings

Directed by : Asger Leth

Release Date : | Length : 102 Minutes

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In the heart-pounding thriller Man on a Ledge, Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) makes a desperate and life-threatening move to prove his innocence after he is framed for the theft of a rare, prized diamond. Recently escaped from prison and with nowhere else to go, Nick climbs onto the ledge of a towering skyscraper, inviting th...more

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“With some decent performances, a little eye candy, and minor thrills the film manages to keep you slightly entertained. It lost it potential to be a full-fledged entertainer thanks to a weak script. A one time watch at best.”

Man On A Ledge Credit & Casting

Sam Worthington

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Jump Off This Ledge

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Man on a Ledge is one of those movies whos basic concept is clear but filling in the blanks of the intrinsic plot only results in massive plot holes which generate unintentional laughs or simple result in you shaking your head in disbelief.

A man, Walker (Sam Worthington) steps onto the ledge of a high rise building threatening to jump. While the cops try and work out who he really is and why has he taken this drastic step, we learn his real identity through a series of flashbacks. Walkers real name is Nick Cassidy and hes a former cop who broke out of prison a month ago. Nick was falsely implicated in the theft of a very valuable diamond by an evil real estate mogul, David Englander (Ed Harris) and a few crooked cops. Nicks intention to step onto the ledge is more than what meets the eye and soon enough we learn that Nicks little brother, Joey (Jamie Bell) & his girlfriend, Angie (Genesis Rodriguez) are breaking into Englanders vault next door to steal back the diamond and clear Nicks name. As Nick tries to keep up the rouse as long as possible, drawing immense public and media attention, Joey & Angie try to break into a high security vault. Will Nicks plan work? Will Englander and his posse of crooked cops get the better of Nick?

While the concept sounds kind of interesting on paper, the execution turns it into a largely lifeless charade of poor acting coupled with tension less heist sequences which challenge your intelligence at nearly every turn. The climatic solution has to been seen to be believed and trust me; even Spider-Man will have a complex with what Nick does in the end. Angie & Joeys constant bickering during the heist only adds a level of irritation, even though Genesis Rodriguez is quite the eye-candy. Considering that a movie of this calibre has to contain a double-cross or two, little effort is made to make the reveal or build-up surprising.

Considering a large portion of the movie takes place on top of a tall building, little effort is made by the cinematographer to exploit the vertigo effect and you feel no danger whatsoever for Nick at any given point.

The laboured acting only compounds the movies problems with nary an actor sounding convincing. Even the often reliable Ed Harris seems to be in this movie only to pay his rent.

Man on a Ledge is a poorly written and acted film with clichd twists and turns that only take it down a road of unfathomable stupidity. By the end of it all, you wish he'd have actually jumped off an hour ago and saved you the trouble.

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