Psychological thrillers can be tough to pull off, as can crime films. Blending these two together can be a tough task for anyone. Man on a Ledge is a combination of these two genres. It has a good cast. Sam Worthington, Edward Burns, Elizabeth Banks, and Ed Harris. Throw in a better than average story and you have a good film on your hands.
Man on a Ledge stars Worthington as Nick Cassidy. When the film opens we watch him check into a hotel. He wants a room on the 21st floor. He wants this floor because he immediately climbs onto his ledge and threatens to jump. As we are in NY it only takes a few seconds for a large crowd to form. When the police arrive Nick informs them he will talk to a negotiator, but only to Lydia. Problem with that is she’s currently on leave, but as she is dedicated to her job she comes in and begins talking to Nick. Now how does Nick know her you ask. Well its because he used to be a cop. Now what I find strange is even though he checked in under a fake name no one seems to be able to recognize him. If he was a cop you think one of these officers would know him at least in passing.
Nick as it turns out was framed for a crime he did not commit. He was imprisoned for stealing diamond valued at over 40 million from a man named David Englander (Ed Harris) he was sent to jail but when he was allowed to attend his father’s funeral he escaped. Turns out he was framed because David had the diamond insured and was on the verge of losing his company. Nick believes the Diamond is being hidden in a jewelry store down the block from the hotel he is at and is using his suicide attempt as a diversion to help his girlfriend and brother break into the jewelry store housing this diamond to take it and prove his innocence.
The film holds many twist and turns. Lydia believes Nick is innocent and is trying to help clear his name while keeping everyone thinking she is still trying to talk him down and buy time. Nick is wired and everything he is saying to the police is actually code that his girlfriend and brother can hear in the earpieces they are wearing. As all of this is happening David has figured out what is going on and has informed the crocked cops who helped him frame Nick sending them into this situation as well.
The film is quiet busy. In fact it’s to bust at times. Not saying it’s a bad film as in fact its quiet good it just sometimes suffers from too much going on at once. The cast is good enough to hold it together, especially Ed Harris as I find him amazing in most anything he does.
The film was not a hit when it came out in the theaters and is now heading to home video. If you’re a fan of thrillers I do recommend checking it out. It plays out well and has a satisfying climax. As I stated the second and third act to move a bit slow due to the many twists, but the final act alone makes it worth watching. I recommend checking it out.
Overall 2.5 out of 5 Stars!