Man On A Ledge


An extremely tall tale.

According to Hollywood heist movies, the best way to steal something priceless is while the world watches unaware. Man On A Ledge’s less-than-stellar USP is to have Sam Worthington threatening to jump off a NYC skyscraper as literally tens of people block the streets below, transfixed.

While this escaped con threatens suicide, his brother (Jamie Bell) and girlfriend (Genesis Rodriguez) enact what might be the dimmest robbery committed to celluloid, involving a skateboard, a Polaroid and an extraordinary capacity to suspend disbelief.

Despite its impressive – if eclectic – cast list, Asger Leth’s follow-up to documentary Ghosts Of Cité Soleil feels second-hand, as if it passed through the in-trays of several better-known actors on its way to the screen.

Think Russell Crowe instead of Worthington in the lead, Charlize Theron rather than Banks as the hostage expert, Edward Norton instead of Edward Burns as her superior. It’s not that any of them are particularly bad (although Worthington’s American accent barely goes the distance), it’s just hard to feign interest when the performers don’t seem to be able to, and some of the dialogue’s so excruciating it’s a wonder screenwriter Pablo F. Fenjves isn’t joining his protagonist on the ledge.

“One day you’re going to stick your dick in the wrong door and someone’s gonna slam it,” one character is warned. While Banks tells Worthington, “If you’re lying about any of this, I’ll push you off myself…” All in a day’s work for the NYC suicide squad.

Credibility teeters on the brink. Would Worthington’s Nick really risk it all to steal a MacGuffin (evil Ed Harris’ favourite diamond) that might not even be there in the first place?

Whether entertainingly terrible thriller or unintentional comedy, Man On A Ledge’s plan is simple, if stupid: stitch together the unlikeliest bits of Die Hard and The Negotiator and hope no one notices. How’s that for daylight robbery?


Dumber than its title and less exciting than its poster, this spectacularly silly thriller starts with a sky-high concept and soon plummets towards preposterousness.

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    • FBGRoberts

      Jan 23rd 2012, 11:50

      I enjoyed this review. It seemed as though Matt Glasby was genuinely angered by the film...

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    • anant

      Jan 23rd 2012, 15:25

      i dont know about the movie but the review is enjoyable! agree with fbgroberts!

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    • FBSBurton

      Jan 23rd 2012, 17:02

      Good review. Was your space bar broken or something though?

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    • matthewbrady

      May 19th 2014, 21:23


      An ex-cop and now wanted fugitive (Sam Worthington) stands on the ledge of a high-rise building while a hard-living New York Police Department negotiator (Elizabeth Banks)tries to talk him down. The longer they are on the ledge. This movie is a one of those cliche seen it all before heist movies. The ending of this movie is so stupid and it would not happen in real life and that's when the movie falls about for me. But this is not the worst movie that I ever seen, there some fun parts in the movie.

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