Sam Worthington plays Nick Cassidy, an ex-policeman who has been found guilty of stealing a VERY valuable diamond from canny businessman David Englander (Ed Harris). With nothing left to lose, Nick escapes from the authorities, checks into a hotel, orders himself a good meal and then steps out onto the window ledge. He seems determined to jump and a crowd soon gathers below him. When the police get on the scene (one of them being Jack Dougherty, played by Ed Burns) Nick lets them know that he’ll speak to one person and one person only – Lydia Mercer (Elizabeth Banks). Nick knows a lot about Lydia, including how she has been affected by the last person that she couldn’t save, and he’s relying on her good character to keep him alive while a complicated plan is put in motion that he hopes will prove his innocence.
Directed by Asger Leth and written by Pablo F. Fenjves, Man On A Ledge is a very enjoyable thriller that never tries to put itself forward as anything other than a bit of good fun. It’s slightly silly in places and there are a number of moments that might have anyone struggling to suspend their disbelief, but it does enough to carry viewers along and keep it all tense and entertaining.
A lot of people seem to dislike Sam Worthington but I think he’s okay and he’s perfectly capable of handling the main role here. Elizabeth Banks struggles a little more to portray someone believably tough enough for her job, but she just does enough to get by (and I really like her in any movie she does anyway). Ed Burns and Ed Harris remain at polar opposites of the acting spectrum, with the former being an emotionless charisma vacuum most of the time and the latter being the very definition of hot-headed, but both suit their roles. Jamie Bell and Genesis Rodriguez work well together, and are involved in many of the more amusing moments, while Anthony Mackie and Titus Welliver play a couple of police officers who may end up making things worse with a heavy-handed approach to the situation.
It’s slick and pretty predictable, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not worth your time. Okay, I wouldn’t tell anyone to prioritise it above the likes of Drive, Argo, The Raid or many other, better, movies from the past year or two, but if you get the chance to watch it and have a spare 100 minutes, then you may find that you enjoy it as much as I did. I don’t think I’d watch it again, but one viewing with a smile on my face is good enough for me.
DIRECTOR: ASGER LETH
WRITER: PABLO F. FENJVES
STARS: SAM WORTHINGTON, ELIZABETH BANKS, JAMIE BELL, GENESIS RODRIGUEZ, ANTHONY MACKIE, TITUS WELLIVER, EDWARD BURNS, ED HARRIS, WILLIAM SADLER
RUNTIME: 102 MINS APPROX