Sunday, 16 September 2012

'Man on a Ledge' Film Review

Given a life sentence for stealing a huge diamond from tycoon David Englander, Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington), on his day out of parole to attend his father's funeral, escapes and appears on a ledge in NYC, preparing to jump.

As detective Lydia Mercer (Elizabeth Banks) tries to talk him down, a highly orchestrated diamond heist is underway, as Nick is determined to prove his innocence.

The film is fast paced and sets up the plot very efficiently~ planting the seeds of doubt as to whether he will actually jump, or if there is something far more cunning in store for us~ whilst we don't know exactly what is going on, the clues that we are given along the way lure is in further and further.

Interspersing the talk (between Lydia and Nick) with the tense action (the diamond heist) really gives us a roller coaster ride of excitement and information which was done just right. There was a tiny bit of useless humour and annoyance from accomplice Angie (Genesis Rodriguez) but her Latino flavour did at times give it some heat.

As the movie built up to a climax, the film really got the tension building and I found myself holding my breath for what was to come. Unfortunately, that bubble quickly popped with the rather flat and convenient ending. 

Sam Worthington- Nick Cassidy
Elizabeth Banks- Lydia Mercer

Also stars Jamie Bell, Anthony Mackie and Genesis Rodriguez.

Sam Worthington doesn't do much for me in this role despite being the lead character- instead, the spotlight shines on Elizabeth Banks, who was genuine, emotional and strong in this role, certainly gaining momentum as she landed the role of Effie in The Hunger Games.

'Man on a Ledge' was surprisingly tense and thrived on tension building. With a suspenseful and cunning plot, it was a shame the climax burst into an easy and convenient ending. Nonetheless, this will offer you thrills and edge of the seat action which won't disappoint.

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