Man on a Ledge

Film, Thrillers
3 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
(7user reviews)
Elizabeth Banks and Sam Worthington in Man on a Ledge
Elizabeth Banks and Sam Worthington in Man on a Ledge

‘Today’s the day that everything changes – one way or another.’ They’re the words of disgraced cop and escaped convict Nick (Sam Worthington) as he prepares to step on to the window ledge of a Manhattan hotel. Is he suicidal or is a plot afoot? It doesn’t take long to find out in this popcorn thriller that throws a conspiracy and a heist into the mix. It turns out Nick has been convicted of stealing a diamond from tycoon David Englander (Ed Harris), a villainous character who leaves us in no doubt as to Nick’s innocence. But the cops are far more concerned with preventing Nick from jumping several storeys in front of the baying crowds gathered for the show.

If the rubberneckers add a touch of much-needed believability, the realism ends there. The main action comes from a cunning plan involving Nick’s brother Joey, who, as played by Jamie Bell, is a more interesting character than his wobbly-accented sibling. While Nick is fobbing off police officer Lydia (a solid Elizabeth Banks), Joey and his clothes-shy girlfriend, Angie (Genesis Rodriguez), grapple with security cameras and wriggle through air ducts in a nearby building. There’s more than a whiff of the TV series ‘Prison Break’ about Joey’s protective-brother act, not to mention the tidy pace and brazen implausibilities that escalate towards a ridiculous ending. But preposterousness can be forgivable in a B-movie clock-ticker – at least to fans of the genre. This embraces its own lunacy readily enough, never aiming for anything more than the disposable thrills it delivers thick and fast.


Release details

Release date:
Friday February 3 2012
102 mins

Cast and crew

Asger Leth
Pablo F Fenjves
Jamie Bell
Sam Worthington
Elizabeth Banks

Average User Rating

3 / 5

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Terrible movie. I was hoping for something exciting and thrilling. Instead I got this drivel. I cannot understand why anyone would call this clever, it's anything but clever. Poor plot and I really didn't Sam Worthington in the lead role, in fact most were poorly cast.

I missed this at the cinema - trailer didn't arouse my interest enough - but caught it on dvd, and really really liked it! Thought the cast were great, particularly Jamie Bell and Elizabeth Banks (until now she has always left me cold) - it was exciting and funny, very entertaining, and the effects were brilliant. Four stars.

Made 20 years back without the high tec guff would have improved things no end. As it is? JUST worth a cheap/free viewing. 6/10

Don't believe the reviewer this is a better film than she says. Ok it doesn't stretch the imagination phenomenally as it is basically a wronged mans attempt to clear his name. Its a film that has been made dozens of times before and you throw in a comic strip badguy and a few corrupt cops for good measure. Leaving this aside there is a degree of warmth between Banks and Worthington and the play on the negotiator down on confidence and in need of someone to believe in is hadly novel but well played. It isn't the best film of its genre as corrupt cops and good and evil is done much better in the Departed and the crime with a twist better in Inside Man but as 90 minutes of entertainment it isn't bad. Its really quite good. I enjoyed it enough for 3 stars not enough for 4.