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Movie Review – Man On a Ledge (2012)

Film: Man On a Ledge
Released: 2012
Director: Asger Leth
Stars: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris

Synopsis:
An ex-cop turned con threatens to jump to his death from a Manhattan hotel rooftop. The nearest New York Police officer immediately responds to a screaming woman and calls dispatch. More Officers arrive with SWAT and tactical command along with fire-fighters. The police then dispatches a female police psychologist personally requested to talk him down from the ledge. However, things aren’t as straightforward and clearcut as they appear to be.

What I thought of it:
I’d been seeing billboard posters everywhere for this film and the premise seemed alright – a man on a ledge provides distraction to the cops and the watching city whilst a heist is pulled off in the next building – so I thought I’d give it a try.

I needn’t have bothered.

As heist movies go, it’s pretty standard fare and it sticks firmly to the formula of back-and-forth between ledge and heist with a few “are they going to get caught?” moments thrown in every now and then. The back story of the characters was a bit thin, but it was enough to cover a reason for the heist (revenge – what else?).

Jamie Bell is acquitting himself well in his modest adult roles and he’s slowly making the transition between child star and adult actor, distancing himself from his beginnings as Billy Elliot. To be honest, he was pretty much the best thing in this film of the mindless, let-it-wash-over-you sort.

Ed Harris, who is a wonderful actor, just looks bored. He’s completely wasted here as the villain of the piece and shold have taken a pass on the project.

It’s enough to keep you ticking over, but you can clearly see every move coming from quite a while before it happens. If you have an hour 40 to kill and nothing better to watch, by all means give it a shot, but otherwise, don’t bother. It’s nothing new or special.

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