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Man on a Ledge

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MAN ON A LEDGE Sam Worthington and Elizabeth Banks
Myles Aronowitz

Man on a Ledge

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
102 minutes
Wide Release Date:
01/27/12
performer:
Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Sam Worthington
director:
Asger Leth
genre:
Thriller

We gave it a C

For a film with such a straightforward title, Man on a Ledge turns out to be remarkably convoluted. Poised precipitously atop a high-concept premise, Sam Worthington is an escaped convict attempting to prove his innocence in the most elaborate way possible: He climbs out onto a hotel ledge and creates a suicide spectacle/diversion that allows his brother (Jamie Bell) to steal a diamond from an iniquitous real estate baron played with a perpetual scowl by Ed Harris. It’s all ostensibly part of a master plan, as is his requesting Elizabeth Banks’ beleaguered negotiator, but it feels as if the filmmakers have tried to stuff the plots of too many different movies into a single casing that’s already overflowing with eye-rolling improbabilities. Despite the occasional dumb fun — especially with the heist portions — the leap of logic required to make it all work is enough to leave your brain pancaked on the sidewalk. C