Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Man On A Ledge, dir. Asger Leth, wr. Pablo Fenjves, st. Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Anthony Mackie, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Génesis Rodríguez

A kind of Fugitive-lite, Leth's film is a competent low-calorie, Saturday night thriller. Somewhere in the generic plotting is a half decent film begging to emerge were it in more assured hands. However, sustained by a solid cast portraying, for the most part, ill-foundationed characters, things amble along with neither much needed breathless urgency nor tiresome lumber. Essentially a heist movie, Man On A Ledge has Worthington play Nick Cassady, an ex-cop accused of and imprisoned for stealing a $40m diamond from businessman David Englander (Harris). Seemingly with nowhere to turn, he climbs out onto the ledge of the Roosevelt Hotel in order to... what? Jump? Publicly proclaim his innocence to the amassing crowds below? Or something else? Shades of The Negotiator too as Cassady forms an uneasy alliance with Lydia Mercer( Banks) an out-of-favour detective whom he convinces to aid him uncover the subterfuge from within. It's all very predictable, derivative and in a way, joyless; you feel it would have made a season highlight had it been part of a network TV show. As a film, it passes the time, but time would have passed anyway.