Man On A Ledge (2012) Review

Verdict: Not bad

Pretty exciting once it gets into it.


Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) goes out on the ledge of a hotel in what seems to be a suicide attempt. However across the road, he is communicating with his brother Joey (Jamie Bell) and his girlfriend Angie (Genesis Rodriguez) as they break into the vault of David Englander (Ed Harris). The cops Dante Marcus (Titus Welliver) and Jack Dougherty (Edward Burns) try to get talk to Cassidy, but he refuses to speak, requesting cop Lydia Mercer (Elizabeth Banks) as his only point of contact. Also on the scene is Mike Ackerman (Anthony Mackie) as another cop and former partner of Cassidy’s.

At first, I was not engaged in the start of the film at all. It felt like it took a bit too long to get started and I almost turned it off. But I guess the beginning was a much needed exposition for the story to carry on. The story got much more interesting after Cassidy got onto the ledge and we realize that something else is happening and that he is just the diversion.

The acting was pretty good, I believed that they were their characters. I would have like a bit more background on Mercer to get a more in depth picture of her character, and is she a detective or a police psychologist? The dialogue between Cassidy and Mercer was good though and clearly showed how they bonded quickly.

It was also pretty exciting and a little thrilling watching the brother and his girlfriend break into the vault. The juxtaposition of Cassidy on the ledge and the other Cassidy breaking into the building across the street created this rising sense of suspense. The effects were on point too. Not too much but enough to be believable.

I did not really like the ending. But the closure scene surprised me and that was a good addition.

To sum-up:
PROS: Acting, exciting scenes, closure scene
CONS: Took time to get into it, would’ve liked more background on Mercer

I give this a 7/10.

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