Movie Review: Man On A Ledge (2011)

Posted: June 20, 2012 in Drama
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Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) is an ex-cop, who has been sentenced to 25 years in jail for a crime he says he didn’t commit.  His former partner Mike Ackerman (Anthony Mackie) gets Nick a day out of jail for his father’s funeral.  Nick uses that day out of jail to escape from jail, and ends up on the ledge of a building owned by David Englander (Ed Harris)  The scene is already being covered by cop Jack Dougherty (Ed Burns) but Nick asks for negotiator Lydia Mercer.  (Elizabeth Banks)  Lydia’s an expert at talking down potential jumpers, but she’s had a rough time of it lately, she’s just lost another cop who committed suicide.  Nick gives Lydia and Jack an alias, but Lydia figures out who Nick is pretty quickly. Nick knows some information that could set him free, but the evidence is locked deep inside the Englander building, and Nick’s brother Joey (Jamie Bell) and Joey’s girlfriend Angie (Genesis Rodriguez) have to find it, quickly.  Is David Englander involved in the crime that Nick is in jail for?  Mike Ackerman is also heading to the building, is he trying to help Nick or cover his own involvement in the crime that sent Nick to jail?  Will Joey and Angie find the exculpatory evidence in time?

This is an engaging action/suspense story.  OK, so there are a lot of plot holes in the story.  How did Nick break out of jail so easily? How did Joey and Angie break into the Englander building so easily?  Why don’t any of the cops recognize Nick, either from duty or from the trial that sent him to jail?  Why isn’t Mike Ackerman on desk duty for arranging Nick’s day out of jail? Forget all that, suspend reality for an hour and a half and enjoy.  There’s a good chase scene, and enough suspense about the evidence and how to get it, to leave the viewer on the edge of his/her seat.  The cast is great, and makes the material better than it is.  Sam Worthington plays the potentially wrongly accused ex cop to the hilt.  Banks is always fun to watch, I can’t remember her in a bad role.  I hated the movie W., but she was great in it. She was good in a small role in the Hunger Games, and she is very good at comedy in 30 Rock.  There is a certain chemistry between Banks and Worthington, but not so much that it overshadows the movie. They both struggle with their New York accents, especially Worthington, that’s a bit offputting, but not enough to put me off this movie.   Ed Burns and Ed Harris are solid as usual, in fact, it’s nice to see Ed Burns doing a major Hollywood release.  He usually makes small indie movies like the Brothers McMullen.  Jamie Bell and Genesis Rodriguez are in the movie more for comedy relief than anything else, and it works, they made me laugh a few times.  Even Kyra Sedgewick was good as a full of her own celebrity news reporter. Is this the perfect movie?  No.  Will it keep you entertained?  Yes.  So go rent it.
Man on A Ledge.  Jump at the chance to see it.

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