“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… ”
The attempted suicide by Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) is actually “the ultimate distraction for the ultimate deception.” Cassidy, an escaped convict, was jailed for stealing a $40 million diamond, so he decides to go out on a limb, er, a ledge, to prove his innocence. While Nick is the distraction, as a potential suicide jumper on the 21st floor of a hotel, his brother Joey (Jamie Bell) and his girlfriend’s boobs (Genesis Rodriguez) infiltrate the diamond store across the street.
Sam Worthington (Avatar, Clash of the Titans)’s role here is pretty believable, I just don’t where his accent came from. One line he sounds like a New York cop, then the next he sounds a little Scottish, then he sounds perfectly normal. It was a bit confusing, but not detrimental to the story. Some of the casting was right on, other roles not so much.
Ed Harris is perfect as the villainous billionaire David Englander. He commands the screen every time he is seen, and exudes the powerful man he portrays.
Elizabeth Banks does not shine as police psychologist Detective Lydia Mercer. Somehow I just didn’t believe her. She should stick to the funny.
Over all, the story is pretty good. There are tense moments, revelations and some laughter thrown in, but I don’t think some of the funny moments were meant to be funny (Really, Kyra Sedgwick?).
The movie is rated PG-13 for violence and brief strong language, meaning there are some gun shots, with one wounded, and Elizabeth Banks says “fuck you.”
MAN ON A LEDGE is in theatres January 27, 2012.
So what do I think?
They came a little loose by my big toe, but this film did not knock my socks off. Wait for a ticket discount day at the theatre, because I wouldn’t want to pay the $10.50.
What do you think?
Will you see it? Comment when you do!
Watch the trailer: