Man on a Ledge

Man on a Ledge

Man on a Ledge

Police thriller about a wrongly-accused criminal (Sam Worthington, Avatar) who threatens to jump from a high-rise ledge in order to talk with a negotiator (Elizabeth Banks, Catch Me If You Can) and orchestrate a plan to prove his innocence.

Nick (Worthington) was an honest cop who landed in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Desperate, he escapes and hours later stands on a New York City window ledge. Police cordon off the area and agree to Nick’s request to speak with police negotiator Lydia (Banks). But Lydia doesn’t know that she is part of his grand plan: the staged suicide is a diversion from a huge diamond heist happening somewhere else in the city. Also stars Ed Harris (The Truman Show) and Jamie Bell (King Kong).

2012Rating: M, for violence and brief strong language102 minsUSA
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Total Film

Total Film

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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Time Out

Time Out

Trusting an action drone like Worthington to anchor the human drama is a fatal mistake. With him perched on that narrow slab of concrete, it's only a matter of time before the film plummets.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

It's fun in a perverse way; the viewer gets to experience a vivid sense of what it feels like to occupy a pigeon-poop smeared piece of stone high in the sky.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Rarely has a film exhibited a bigger disconnect between urban realism and utter ludicrousness.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

The shopworn script by Pablo F. Fenjves, who ghost-wrote the unpublished O.J. Simpson book, If I Did It: The Confessions of the Killer, gets no help from director Asger Leth (Ghosts of Cite Soleil).

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

The movie cuts back and forth between two preposterous plot lines and uses the man on the ledge as a device to pump up the tension.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

To his credit, director Asger Leth (Ghosts of Cite Soleil) gets right to the business at hand where the set-up is concerned, but it's in the execution that this would-be thriller falls flat.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

It doesn't spend enough time on its ledge to be the definitive 'jumper' movie the title promises, but it’s a hoot if approached in the proper mood.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

As the plot unfolds, brick by brick, the structure starts to wobble until it finally collapses into unintentional comedy.

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