Man on a Ledge
You can only push an innocent man so far
An ex-cop turned con threatens to jump to his death from a Manhattan hotel rooftop. The NYPD dispatch a female police psychologist to talk him down. However, unbeknownst to the police on the scene, the suicide attempt is a cover for the biggest diamond heist ever pulled.
In the middle of the most baffling and ridiculous heist ever, a woman strips down to her pants, for no reason other than for us to oggle her cracking tits.
One star for each of them.
Wow. What a genius title. The filmmakers are brilliant. For a while there, I was unsure of what the film's main premise was, and who was where, but all I had to do was look at the title, and see that the film was about a man, and he was most definitely on a ledge. I don't know what I would have done if the film had been titled something else. I probably would have been lost.
This should have been a high concept and taut thriller yet despite having the correct constituent parts (the novel man on a ledge hook, the character relationship between jumper and psychologist and an audacious heist) it feels distinctly thrill-free.
One key problem is having an actor of Worthington’s limited range expected to do a lot of the character work. Despite a positive start to his career in Australia since moving to America he has really struggled and I find it impossible to warm to him. For this reason it is hard to care about his personal quest to clear his name. The heist element, whilst linked to the man on the ledge story, feels too separate and involving characters that are never developed beyond their family relationship. As the film progresses, and despite an elaborate chase, rather than increasing the tension and excitement it all slowly fizzles out.
A generic, needle-thin thriller where cynical, one-dimensional characters spit out pathetic attempts at dramatics. I never cared about the characters and found it to be nearly impossible to invest myself in the plot. One of those completely forgettable films that I have little to say about.
I couldn't tell if the previews made this look good or terrible, so I decided to check it out and decide. I don't know why the closest thing to a twist this movie has was given away in the previews. At least Edward Burns steps in to try and make something of it.
They really pulled in a lot of people for this cast. Not all A Listers, but lots of known faces. It's a tragedy to see greats like Ed Harris put in such half-hearted performances.
Surprisingly, the writing was fine on this one. It was the idea that let it down more than anything else. The whole idea was too weak and not thought through enough to create a clear vision for the story, actors, and dialogue to run with.
Fortunately, I entered with pretty low expectations. I liked it fine.
What the hell is this?
Phone Booth meets Mission Impossible!
Underneath all the crap is a decent film dying on its arse. Sam Worthington seems confused, Elizabeth Banks is dull, Ed Harris looks dead and as for Jamie Bell and Genesis Rodriguez (yes that's right Genesis Rodriguez) well their whole nonsense small talk dialogue is embarrassing.
It couldn't be any more contrived. Avoid!!
A man is on a ledge.
Probably one of the most over the top attempts at a 'Hey! Look over there!' ever committed to film.
Sure, once we get over the initial premise of a man on a ledge (hey, that's the name of the movie. How clever) drawing attention away from a robbery that is happening across the street, it's a fairly generic heist thriller. But it does mix in some double crossing cop sub-plots, hostage-ish situations (does taking yourself hostage really count?) and a bit of action here and there to break it up a bit from the norm, and makes this a perfectly acceptable popcorn flick.
Elizabeth Banks is pretty good, as is Edward Burns. Jamie Bell is gradually shaking off the 'hey,…
Spannenden actiethriller, wel wat voorspelbaar, maar prima film om lekker op een avondje te kijken.
SPOILER: This film is indeed about a man on a ledge.
An above average thriller with a decent enough storyline
There is not much action and there are weaknesses, but Banks is amazing in her role and when she comes onscreen the film comes alive.
A good start, that is genuinely entertaining, which then leads to a passable second act to a ridiculous and awful third act. The performances in this film are kind of all over the place, with Sam Worthington slowly turning Australian, and the villain getting some of the worst dialogue in a while. The film is passable for the first half, but then the film nosedives into the plain stupid, as random civilians come to save the day, and villains.are taking diamonds from safes and thinking they will be safer in their jacket pocket. Really?
Watch it on a rainy Tuesday afternoon.
Actually pretty suspenseful. Not that bad, but not very original. Which means its average.