Man on a Ledge

Man on a Ledge is a 2012 Summit Entertainment action thriller film about a fugitive claiming his innocence feigns an attempt to commit suicide by jumping off the ledge of a building, while his brother carries out a massive diamond heist, to prove that he was set up.

The film stars Sam Worthington as Nick Cassidy, Elizabeth Banks as Detective Lydia Mercer, Jamie Bell as Joey Cassidy, Anthony Mackie as Detective Mike Ackerman, Genesis Rodriguez as Angie, and Academy Award Nominee Ed Harris as David Englander.

The music is written and composed by Henry Jackman.

The film is written by Pablo Fenjves.

The film is produced by Summit Entertainment and di Bonaventura Pictures.

Man on a Ledge is directed by Asger Leth.

Man on a Ledge is the first “fun” movie to come out for the year of 2012.  We always need these types of movies in the multiplexes.  By that I mean, movies that aren’t trying to win awards or be any sort of good, but are just fun to watch.  Movies like Drive Angry, Sucker Punch, and Fast Five from last year were not trying to be anything but fun rides for the audience to enjoy, and Man on a Ledge falls right into this category.  If you are going in and expecting this movie to be good like Inception or Ocean’s Thirteen, then you are going to be disappointed.  But if you just want something fun to watch to take your mind off of things for a couple of hours, then Summit has given you Man on a Ledge!!!

Because the smartest thing to do in this situation was pull the safe out of the wall with two Dodge Chargers and drag the damn thing throughout Rio and kill a ton of people that got in the way!!! You mean it wasn't done because it would look cool and be fun to shoot???

When I first saw the trailer for this movie, all I could think of was that movie Phone Booth……yeah, you remember that one.  A film about a guy stuck in one location with a weak plot and boring dialogue.  Luckily for everyone, Man on a Ledge had the good sense a) throw in people that we actually like, b) make the film a heist film allowing A and B stories to interweave throughout the film, and c) have fun with it all.

YOU ASSHOLE, YOU MISSED!!! I said shoot me and get me out of this awful movie!!!

Jamie Bell, Genesis Rodriguez, and Kyra Sedgwick shine in this film as the three that bring that sense of joy that is so needed in films like this.  If the characters in the movie are not happy with what they are doing, then why are they doing it?  While it is understandable that Nick Cassidy is not enjoying himself (obviously, he’s the man on the ledge.  How much fun could he be having?), there at least needs to be someone in the film standing back and enjoying all of the crazy that is going on.  Joey Cassidy and Angie argue over the most trivial things while performing the heist and Suzie Morales (Kyra Sedgwick’s character) just loves all of the crazy people she gets to report on and make her job more entertaining.  While everyone else has to act with a certain level of seriousness, these three are the ones that can get away with making the funny comments and sarcastic jokes, and they do.

There’s nothing new about the plot of this movie.  In fact, it’s paper-thin at best.  We’ve all seen this kind of movie before.  But the makers were not trying to give us anything new.  They just wanted to deliver a fun movie.  And I feel that they did.  The pacing is extremely well, and the film keeps you on your toes the whole time.  And for a 2-hour movie to do that, I’d say that’s a very good job well done.  There are many issues with the movie, but in the end, you can forgive the film for being able to enjoy itself, and in turn, making you enjoy it too.

Don't jump Sam Worthington!!! You're not really a Na'Vi, a demi-god, or a Terminator!!!

Three weeks into the month of January and we finally got a fun movie to watch.  If you are looking for a good time that doesn’t require a lot of thinking, then Man on a Ledge is right up your alley!!!

a 7 out of 10

what did you think Quark???

I really like the rich guy!!! Of course, I would have traded the gem for latinum long ago, but he did remind of the 23rd Rule of Acquisition: Nothing is more important than your health...except for your money.

~ by Matt Whitfield on January 28, 2012.

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