He’s a man. He’s on a ledge. He’s “Man on a Ledge.”
Let the silliness begin!
Sam Worthington stars as an ex-con doing time for stealing a diamond from shady businessman David Englander (Ed Harris). After escaping from prison in a very unlikely fashion, Nick Cassidy heads downtown to put on a show from the ledge of a posh hotel.
Is he really there to jump or is there another reason to draw such a crowd?
Without giving too much of the preposterous story away, let’s just say “Man on a Ledge” asks you to suspend an incredible amount of disbelief. Instead, you get this “stunned” feeling, that can only be relieved by laughter.
Elizabeth Banks plays Lydia Mercer, a police negotiator on leave for losing a jumper weeks earlier. Jamie Bell is Cassidy’s brother. And, Anthony Mackie is Cassidy’s former partner on the city police force.
I feel most embarrassed for Harris as the evil millionaire developer. He does his best to give the villain an over-the-top flair, but falls flat on his face. Harris looks emaciated and not up to the physical demands of the role. It’s hard to buy his in-your-face demeanor, based on his physical appearance.
“Man on a Ledge” goes splat! What else can you say about it? Grade: D