“Man on a Ledge” follows the story of escaped convict Nick Cassidy (Worthington), who tells everyone he was wrongfully framed for stealing a diamond from rich CEO David Englander (Harris). Because of this, Nick devises a plan to prove his innocence.
He stands out on a ledge of a high building to attract all the attention he can making it seem like he’s going to leap off the edge, meanwhile, his brother Joey (Bell) and his brother’s girlfriend Angie (Rodriguez) break into Englander’s compound to find the diamond and prove Nick’s innocence.
The premise of “Man on a Ledge” might have been able to work had it taken itself a little more seriously and/or get some better people in the roles. It doesn’t work here though, and at times the film is almost insulting to one’s intelligence. The story felt like it was created around the name itself, which cheapened the whole experience.
The plot might have worked if it had just stuck with Worthington’s character, in a sort of “Phone Booth” type of way, however it was dragged even further down by the parts with Joey and Angie breaking into the tower. These parts of the movie were the absolute worst part for being to over the top and having dumb characters.
Speaking of the characters, they are all archetypes and the actors playing them offer nothing. Sam Worthington’s career has been hit and miss for me and this was a major miss. He is absolutely wooden here, there was never a sense of real desperation from his character. The same can be said about Ed Harris who could have been easily replaced by just about anyone.
Elizabeth Banks was weak also, playing officer Lydia Mercer, who is tasked with trying to talk Nick down off the ledge. Once again she’s suppose to be this character with a bit of a dark history but it is poorly portrayed. The worst offenders in the film though were Jamie Bell and Genesis Rodriguez. Rodriguez did nothing but basically be the Megan Fox of the film and Bell’s character could never be taken seriously because all he did was crack stupid jokes.
The stunts that Joey and Angie pulled breaking into the compound was laughable, most of it was cliche’d, including a good ole “cut the red wire scene.” They also had other things like setting off a bomb and no one seeing the explosion in a city with millions of people.
This could be over looked, but the fact that these characters were basically just regular people with a bag of tools made it unbelievable. Plus the bag that they had seemed to be a Mary Poppins model since it never ran out of equipment for their mission.
“Man on a Ledge” is a bad film, the idea might have worked had more effort been put in, however everything about it just feels to cliche’d and the acting was for the most part weak all around. 1 out of 5.