Man on a Ledge
New York City is the setting for this suspense film—fortunately the Roosevelt Hotel on Madison Avenue has a fairly wide ledge, particularly on the 21st floor.
That’s a good thing, as Nick Cassidy (played by Sam Worthington) spends 90 per cent of the show on that ledge. If the extent of the plot was would-be jumper being talked down by a trained negotiator—it would be tedious, but Man on the Ledge is just the tip of the iceberg in a show full of mis-direction, twists, turns and a surprise ending.
Nick, accused of stealing from the Trumpesque David Englander (Ed Harris), escapes Sing Sing by slipping away from authorities during a day pass to attend his father’s funeral.
He checks into the Roosevelt, has a great meal, then slips onto the ledge—and stays there.
We don’t see movies like this anymore—no nudity, little swearing and few over-the-top special effects. Sure there are fights and car chases, but the real show is in the moments of suspense and surprise, the heroes, villains and humour.
This is a great movie, with a good cast. Of course Sam Worthington, (who played the lead in Avatar) is Nick, who, in desperation seeks to draw attention to his innocence in a very public way; Elizabeth Banks (soon be seen in The Next Three Days with Russell Crowe) plays the negotiator with baggage of her own; Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) plays the brother; Kyra Sedgwick is great as the ‘pit bull’ news reporter; Ed Burns give a good performance.
Best line: (spoken by the negotiator) “If you’re lying to me, I’ll push you off myself.”
Right to the end we’re just not sure how it will unfold .
I give this four reels.
Susan Steen is a local movie buff.