Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) is a man out to prove his innocence. We first meet Nick when he rents a hotel room, eats an expensive meal, wipes his finger prints off everything in the room and then proceeds to step out on a ledge. But why is Nick there? The movie is so glad you asked! Flash back to Sing Sing where we learn Nick is serving a 25 year sentence (for stealing a diamond!) and that he is an ex-cop! That’s your first twist. Then things get twistier when Nick is allowed to go to his father’s funeral, gets in a fight with his brother Joey (Jamie Bell) and then escapes–which brings us up to present day. We wind our way through a convoluted, improbable heist that takes place while Nick is stalling the police (including worlds worst negotiator Lydia Mercer, played by Elizabeth Banks) and holding the attention of the city on his tiny ledge. Not only do we follow the heist we also get so many ridiculous twists (like, is his cop best friend Mike Ackerman (Anthony Mackie) really his worst enemy?) that you will lose count! But with all these questions the ultimate question is—will he jump???
Sunshine’s Thoughts: The only way to save this movie would have been to have Sam Worthington jump and take everyone in this movie with him. The whole movie was miscast, but Elizabeth Banks had to be by far the worst choice as the negotiator. According to the movie she is an alcoholic who kills more people than she saves, no one on the force likes her (I’m assuming because she’s a beautiful woman with more sass than sense), and they only call her in because the jumper requests her. It’s an odd story, and I think we were supposed to care that she is treated like an outsider and that she eventually redeems herself by helping Nick prove his innocence—but i just didn’t care, all I could think about was how she managed to keep her job. The movie only got worse by throwing in twist after twist: SPOILERS such as Nick’s fight with his brother being faked so he could escape, Nick’s cop “friend” being one of the people that set him up, and Nick’s dad not really being dead!!! I know you are probably shocked, but seriously these things come a mile away (every “twist” was followed by a closeup of the person telling you the twist–in case you were unsure that a twist had just occurred). Then once the movie ends (by the way if you are wondering Nick pulls off the “re-theft” of the diamond to prove his innocence) we see Nick and the negotiator Lydia go to a bar together (cause of course they fell in love on that ledge) that his dad runs! The place is filled with cops, Nick is a former cop, his dad runs a cop bar—and yet no one seemed to know who Nick was when he was on the ledge AND no one recognized his dad the entire movie. This was quite possibly the dumbest thing I have ever sat through. I give this movie 1/5 stars, I probably wouldn’t even watch this when it finally comes on TV.
Elizabeth’s Thoughts: So the movie isn’t really about a man on a ledge. I walked away thinking it was about his brother and his brother’s girlfriend at the end. The idea for the plot of the film was and is still a great idea. The poor execution and script flow is what completely ruins the film. I didn’t know if I was watching a comedic romance, the new Spider-Man reboot or a classic heist film. There was a whole lot going on with not a lot of direction or flow that made sense. I do take pride in the fact that I figured out the Cassidy brother’s dad wasn’t dead and wait for it… (SPOILER) was the hotel concierge throughout the whole process. If you want to see it wait till the dollar movies. I mean the action of being on a ledge, is he going to jump, oh man he is jumping is pretty cool to see on a big screen. I have seen worse the year. That’s right I’m looking at you Devil Inside!! 2012 is not coming off strong but February and March bring new films to the game. I give Man on a Ledge 1.5 stars.