Man on a Ledge
Well paced, high concept thriller starring Sam Worthington, Jamie Bell and Elizabeth Banks
Sam Worthington’s latest is an occasionally tense but mostly silly thriller that at least realises its own absurdities.
The Hollywood debut of former documentary filmmaker Asger Leth (Ghosts of Cité Soleil), the film follows a disgraced former cop, Nick Cassidy (Worthington), as he breaks out of prison and then threatens to jump from a Manhattan rooftop in a bid to clear his name.
A police psychologist (Elizabeth Banks) attempts to talk him down but it quickly becomes apparent that Cassidy’s presence is designed to distract attention from a heist being carried out across the street by his brother (Jamie Bell) in the hope of obtaining the evidence he needs to prove his innocence.
Leth’s film rattles along at such a brisk pace that its plot-holes only really become apparent afterwards. But there’s a guilty pleasure in seeing how events build towards the overblown climax, while Leth maintains a nice balance between action, drama and humour.
A strong ensemble cast (including Ed Harris and most notably Bell) also lend the film a higher calibre of performance and intelligence than it probably deserves.
General release from Fri 3 Feb.