Capsule Movie Review – Man on a Ledge (2012)
by HELEN GEIB
Man on a Ledge is a tough nut to review because the less you know going in, the more fun it is to watch it unfold- or rather, hurtle along to its destination. It starts with a man climbing out the window of an old New York City skyscraper hotel. To give you a sense of the kind of movie it is, I’ll go one step further and reveal that he’s not suicidal. The “man on the ledge” is played by Sam Worthington and there’s a nice supporting lineup of mostly familiar faces: Ed Harris, Jamie Bell, Elizabeth Banks, William Sadler, Genesis Rodriguez (the reason for the “mostly”), Anthony Mackie, Titus Welliver, Edward Burns, and Kyra Sedgwick. In movie reference terms, it reminded me of 16 Blocks (that’s a good thing). It also reminded me of the good years of 24. Don’t take it too seriously, sit back and enjoy the ride, and don’t think about it too hard after it’s over.
2 1/2 stars
One thing I liked and one thing I didn’t like: It was great to see William Sadler again. Gosh, it must be a good 10 years. On the con side, that revelation about who the bad guy is? Such a cliche, and not one I’m fond of.