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Man On A Ledge - Review

Man On A Ledge

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 3 out of 5

ASGER Leth’s Man On A Ledge is a thriller so ridiculous and stupid at times that it really ought to fail completely. But there’s also something preposterously entertaining that keeps it highly watchable.

The premise finds a disgraced ex-cop (Sam Worthington) escaping from prison and positioning himself upon the ledge of a Manhattan hotel in a bid to clear his name.

Attempting to talk him down is an emotional wreck of a police psychologist (Elizabeth Banks), while his presence on the ledge is designed to distract attention from a heist being carried out across the street by his brother (Jamie Bell) aimed at getting the evidence needed for him to prove his innocence.

Leth, who makes the leap from documentaries (Ghosts of Cite Soleil) to feature films, does admittedly keep things suitably tense early on and draws convincing performances from a top-drawer cast.

And he also ensures that the film retains a sense of its own absurdity. Bell, for instance, commits his heist with the help of an impossibly curvy girlfriend (Genesis Rodriguez) who manages to strip down and into a catsuit to carry out her part of the deail. For that reason alone, you had to admire some of its audacity!

Ed Harris also weighs in with some typically assured support as the real villain of the piece, while there’s nice work from Worthington (despite an accent that wavers throughout), Anthony Mackie, Banks and Bell especially.

The film does eventually become utterly ridiculous during its last act revelations and confrontations and struggles to stand up to any kind of scrutiny. But it’s generally fun while it lasts in a braindead, popcorn entertainment kind of way.

Certificate: 12A
Running time: 102mins
UK Release Date: February 3, 2012