Jump! Jump! Jump! Jump! Jump!
“Man on a Ledge” was a disappointment.
Not that I had high hopes or anything, I didn’t. Aside from the fact it’s a January release, with each successive trailer I grew more and more suspicious of it. The more I saw, the more I thought I actually wouldn’t care for it, and you know? Now I’ve seen the whole thing, and I was right.
So a cop gets framed for stealing a huge diamond and spends a year or two in jail but busts out and climbs out on a ledge in order to create a distraction for his brother and his brother’s girlfriend to try to break into the guy who framed him’s high-rise and reveal he really still has the diamond.
I didn’t want to spend too much time recapping the plot, ’cause it’s dumb, so there it is for you in one sentence. Worthington climbs out onto the safest ledge in the world, and proceeds to orchestrate a high-tech heist from 1,000+ feet up. Are you kidding? Not only that, but the two people conducting the heist are his brother and his brother’s girlfriend, and from what I could tell, the biggest qualification either of them would have as “High Tech Thief” would be the fact that she used to break into houses as a teenager. (I need a roll eyes smiley here something bad…) Of course, that doesn’t stop them from breaking into a highly secured high-rise via repelling equipment, miniaturized cameras, liquid nitrogen, industrial drills, and low yield explosive devices. How’d they get the building schematics, the super expensive equipment or the wherewithal to use it all? OH LOOK IT’S A GUY ON A LEDGE!!
Meanwhile, Worthington is creating a media circus in order to assist. Thankfully, the world’s prettiest cop specializing in suicide prevention happens to be right there trying to talk him down. Of course, he never intends to jump anyways, so the whole thing is just a stall job and a distraction. Eventually though, the requisite “Twists and Turns” come, and then the movie really starts getting dumb. I wont spoil them for anyone that actually sees it, its better that they give you that “Cmonnn” for yourself. Suffice it to say that it all leads up to one of the dumbest endings I can recall off of the top of my head.
This movie is overstuffed with “Whaaaat?”s, “Oh, please”s and “Gimme a break”s. Atop of which, the cast is uniformly miscast and/or not charismatic enough for the part. I like Elizabeth Banks, but I never once felt that she would actually be a suicide prevention worker. That job beats a person down. Ages you. You dont look like a supermodel. LOL. Ed Harris is a legendary supporting actor. Here, he just chews scenery, and the movie doesn’t even have the decency to give him many opportunities to do it. Worthington, Bell and Rodriguez are simply not ready for primetime. None of them bring enough to the table to make you overlook the script based shortcomings in their roles.
So all in all I found “Man on a Ledge” to be weak. In a heist movie like this, the key to success is being clever… making the audience think “Hmmmm… that might really work”. Here I was thinking “That would get you sent to jail”.
Of course, that’s no big deal, cause you could just bust right out anyways.