83: Man on a Ledge (it’s that one about a man who’s on a ledge. Can you believe it?)

I didn’t get nearly enough feedback about drunk movie (reviewing) suggestions, so I’m giving you all a second chance to prove yourselves. Don’t be stupid. And now, onward and upward to my always lovely, never incoherent reviews.

Man on a Ledge – January 27, 2012
Starring: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Genesis Rodriguez, Ed Harris
Written by: Pablo F. Fenjves
Directed by: Asger Leth

The plot: A man is on a ledge. “As a police psychologist works to talk down an ex-con who is threatening to jump from a Manhattan hotel rooftop, the biggest diamond heist ever committed is in motion…” – IMDB

My thoughts: Man on a Ledge follows Sam Worthington with a questionable “New York” accent as Nick Cassidy, a (wrongly) convicted felon who will go to extreme lengths to prove his innocence to all of New York as they yell stuff like “Jump! Jump!” and make motions with their hands that bring to mind a person falling a hundred feet and hitting the ground with a splat. Gross. And while he acts like a crazy person getting ready to jump off of a hotel windowsill, his brother and his brother’s (conveniently hot) girlfriend are across the street trying to prove his innocence.

It’s an entertaining flick. The woman next to me certainly thought so and reacted very strongly and audibly in the theater. At one point, Ed Harris throws something at someone suddenly and the woman was so surprised by this that she clamped her hand to her mouth and yelled “OhmyGod!” and later, when someone falls off of a building, she practically screamed “OH MY GOD NO!!!” as though she were one of the on-lookers on the street in New York watching someone fall to their death.

Lady, it’s a movie. It’s 2012, not 1895 and it’s Man on a Ledge, not L’ Arrivée d’un train à La Ciotat. No need to react so strongly to what you’re seeing. It’s not that powerful of a film, I assure you.

The movie reminded me a little of Phone Booth (which I reviewed beautifully back in December) mostly because a) it takes place in New York b) a lot of the action taking place is in one spot c) there’s a bit of everything – mystery, action, drama, thriller. And yeah, a lot of the focus is on Worthington hanging outside of a window, there are plenty of other scenes that keep viewers interested and never bored.

Strange as it is, I found Worthington’s performance to be the most dull. Okay, he’s nice to look at, there’s no denying that. But it seems like all of the other characters were given so much more to make them likable and highly relatable. Jamie Bell was lovely as always (and his accent was convincing), this newbie Genesis was likable (and I suppose anyone into ladies will appreciate her awesome yabbos), Ed Harris plays an excellent asshole, Elizabeth Banks is so likable it’s nearly annoying, and Edward Burns is Edward Burns. And I actually really enjoyed Anthony Mackie, whose role wasn’t nearly large enough for me.

Ultimately, it’s quite predictable but still enjoyable. It’s a nice mystery-thriller-heist hybrid (which, if you’ve bothered to read any of my columns, you know that that’s my main stuff right there), the acting is solid, the dialogue is good (actually a fair amount of comedy for this style of movie) and the end is super satisfying with a nice little twist.

Stars: 3.5/5

P.S. Don’t forget to give me suggestions for my drunk (re)viewing sessions. Please and thanks!

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One thought on “83: Man on a Ledge (it’s that one about a man who’s on a ledge. Can you believe it?)

  1. Awesome review you’ve certainly got a nack for writing reviews. Keep up the good work and have you ever thought about reviewing a film that’s to much to watch sober. Try a serbian film or human centipede 2.

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