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Man On A Ledge (2012)

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Man on a ledge


Sam Worthington
Elizabeth Banks
Anthony Mackie
Jamie Bell
Ed Harris

Directed by: Asger Leth

Distributed by:Summit Entertainment

I had two urges this month: Watch “Man on a ledge” and “Journey 2: The mysterious Island.” One down, and here we go....

Man on a ledge wasn’t all that bad, the ending was unrealistically manageable, which will either leave you smiling or induce puking.(spoiler) Especially the HOBO who fell in love with Nick and tackled a police officer on his behalf.

The story took a while to find its footing, but after 40 minutes in, you kind of get a feel of how the movie is going to be.

Directed by little known director Asger Leth, who i belive may have skipped a class in movie school called "WHY THINGS HAPPEN 101". Here i am watching a movie about a man trying to kill himself, then i see cops who i believed to be dirty cops, chase this guy off the ledge into the building, and tried,(actually tried!), to take him out.

The movie goes on and later on, you find out they weren't dirty cops at all, so i ask myself, Why were they trying to take him out? Please watch this if only to give me answers.

One thing I've come to learn about movies is that a good cast usually helps make a good movie(i said usually because there are noteable exceptions - Gigli). Man on a ledge boasts of Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, The Adjustment Bureau) who I feel is just wasting away his talent. His mediocre performance was just partially overshadowed by that of Elizabeth Banks. Sam Worthington who played Nick is no better in the lead role. One would think the exposure from Avatar would have helped.

The plot goes: Nick (Sam Worthington) broke out of prison with the aid of his brother, and then causes a scene in a building next to the one his brother was going to help him rob. This scene (caused by Nick) is to keep the crowd and police busy while the robbery takes place in the nearby building.

Eventually when the police shows up, Nick claims to be wrongfully imprisoned and that he is innocent of the crime he was convicted for, and intends to prove it... by standing on a ledge. Seriously! You can tell the writers werent even trying. The movie has no suspense. There is no twist. All it is is a plain story that just keeps trodding along till it ends.

The cinematography is on the ok side. Shots of Sam’s life on the ledge must have been some work for the camera crew; a work i wish they did better.

According to Sam, whilst in an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, he actually had to act on a sky scrapper standing on a ledge.

Too bad because, I'm giving this movie a 5.


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