Man on a Ledge
Be prepared to balance on the edge – or in this case ledge – of your seat during the crime thriller, Man on a Ledge. When escaped ex-con-ex-cop Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) steps out on the ledge of his Manhattan motel 21 floors up, the police are called and he threatens to jump. He asks to see a female police psychologist named Lydia Mercer (Elizabeth Banks) to negotiate with him while news reporter Suzie Morales (Kyra Sedgwick) reports on the story and the people below yell for Nick to jump. (I’m guessing they want to film it on their I-phone so they can put it on Google) In time, Lydia finds out that Nick was sent to prison for stealing a diamond from a greedy real estate tycoon named, David Englander (Ed Harris) and then cutting it up into dozens of smaller diamonds. What Nick doesn’t tell her is that his younger brother Joey (Jamie Bell) and Joey’s girl friend Angie (Genesis Rodriguez) are breaking into Englanders vault while Nick stands on the ledge orchestrating Joey on how to find the uncut diamond to prove he never stole it. This is a fast paced, exciting, tension-filled story that has several layers of the plot to work through until we reach the last 15 minutes. At that point it becomes inpractable and implausible and I am thinking what happened to the some-what realistic story. That would be like my friends playing Old Maid with me when all of the time I thought we were playing Strip Poker. (I’m not saying if that really happened to me.) I also don’t think a police woman would fall in love with an emotionally disturbed suicidal man within a couple hours any more than a rational man would step off a ledge onto an air mattress 21 stories below. (Okay, maybe if you’re blind.) Worthington and Banks weren’t anything special but Bell and Rodriguez were interesting and funny and helped keep the drama high in the air from becoming stale. This film definitely has its flaws but it’s entertaining and I’m giving it a B- rating.
This movie has been given a R rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.