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Man on a Ledge [Blu-ray]
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Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) is an escaped, convicted diamond thief with an elaborate plan to clear his name. After checking into an upper-floor room at Manhattan's Roosevelt Hotel, he orders a hefty meal, then exits the window and positions himself on a ledge. People below notice him and soon the police are called in. When a cop attempts to talk him in, Nick asks to speak with a different negotiator, Lydia Mercer (Elizabeth Banks).
Mercer has been ostracized by her peers recently because she lost a previous jumper. Her self-assurance has been tarnished, and she is perplexed as to why this potential suicide has requested her. The cops dust for fingerprints to identify the would-be jumper, but the room is clean. So Nick's identity remains unknown to them for quite some time.
Ms. Banks never convinces us that she has risen to the rank of detective and been entrusted to such sensitive work as negotiator. She has fashion model looks, and doesn't have the command the role requires. A better casting choice would have been someone like Frances McDormand, Debra Monk, or Stockard Channing -- older women who could convey a harder edge than Ms. Banks.
Much of the plot involves a scheme Nick has engineered, and we gradually see it unfold. It is convoluted, depends on split-second timing, and is the kind of plan that could work only in a screenwriter's imagination.
Worthington ("Avatar") is adequate as the enigmatic man on the ledge, though he fails to bring any distinction to the role.Read more ›
The film uses a good intense sound track to raise the thriller level as Jamie and his girlfriend (Genesis Rodriguez) attempt to prove Worthington is innocent.
Good intensity. Minor expected twists.
F-bomb, no sex, no nudity, Genesis Rodriguez in bra/panties.
Kudos to them, and well worth a watch!
1.) I'm afraid of heights.
2.) I always liked TV's old MISSION IMPOSSIBLE.
3.) I enjoy when a wronged-guy screws the screwer.
4.) I love a happy ending... with an unexpected twist.
5.) A pretty girl in her underwear CAN add to the plot.
THIS movie---if you like the farces from the 'forties---took care of the five items listed above, and threw in at least another two.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good. I had seen, but my wife had not. Well worth renting.Published 29 days ago by Johnny n Sharon
keeps you on the edge on your seat .A few surprises.Worth watchingPublished 2 months ago by reggaedrumer
It was definitely worth the watch. Kept me interested the entire movie.Published 2 months ago by Drew