What happens when you make a full-length movie on a man deliberating to jump or not to jump? Man on a Ledge is director Asger Leth's take on the moment when one is face-to-face with danger.
Ex-cop and newly convicted diamond thief Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) attempts suicide along a narrow ledge outside a hotel window in a bid to prove his innocence as NYPD negotiator Lydia Mercer (Elizabeth Banks) works her charm on him. Or so it seems. In actuality, he is merely creating a diversion for his brother Joey (Jamie Bell), Joey's girlfriend Angie played by Genesis Rodriguez, and former partner Mike Ackerman (Anthony Mackie) as they seek the location of the diamond deterred by the villain tycoon David Englander (Ed Harris).
The film begun on believable grounds with Cassidy checking into the hotel and ordering a lavish-looking meal one would easily be led to thinking as the last meal. However, the story quickly goes downhill. The mere premise of the plot sounds ridiculous, much less how Cassidy taunts to the crowd, enjoys a bagel, and even clowns around at the edge. No surprise here when the crowd – probably annoyed by his wishy washiness – chants him on to get over it and jump.
Previously cast in Avatar and Clash of the Titans, Worthington's performance in Man on a Ledge – flat and unconvincing – was much less outstanding than his roles in recent roles and disappointing to say the least as Cassidy whom the movie large rely on to make interesting.
In conclusion, there are many things going on in Man on a Ledge to keep us engaged, or confused, through the two-hour film but nothing memorable to remember by.