A Free Fall

As far as heists go,Man on a Ledge has an innovative idea.

Written by Shalini Langer | Published: February 4, 2012 12:03 am


Director: Asger Leth

cast: Sam Worthington,Ed Harris,Elizabeth Banks,Jamie Bell,Ed Burns

Rating: **1/2

As far as heists go,Man on a Ledge has an innovative idea. It cleverly mixes this with snide jabs at the media’s obsession with trivia,the crowd’s fascination for morbidity and public anger at the rich to make this film more clever than it really is.

The plan as it exists is also revealed in a steady,neatly spaced out trickle,so that you remain hooked to see what’s put Nick (Worthington) out on the ledge of the 21st-floor window of a Manhattan hotel. The easy camaraderie between him and his partners,brother Joey (Bell) and his girlfriend,is another factor in how smoothly Man on a Ledge goes down.

The weakest link is Banks as the negotiator,Detective Lydia,who Nick especially asks for to convince him to get off that window. She has hardly anything original to say,she doesn’t ever seem in step with Nick,and takes uncomfortably long breaks for an officer trying to prevent an imminent suicide.

Ed Harris in the role of mean,dirty-trick millionaire David Englander gets to do disappointingly little. Even his faithful secretary murmuring things into his ear is only an attractive distraction. The other “faithful”,Ed Burns as Lydia’s backup,proves just that: a backup.

The giant strong room behind which lies Englander’s fortune,including his giant diamonds,is actually the star of the film,and while it has a heat sensor,a CCTV and other alarms,there is nothing to pick up the sound of two giant duffel bags being thrown about or a safe being hammered open.


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