Originally, it seemed like the film could have a good story. There’s a guy, he’s on a ledge, and he’s trying to prove his innocence. The end result ends up being too generic to really care about. There’s a few annoying characters, which didn’t help things, and I couldn’t get beyond some of the ideas presented.
I’m conflicted when I think about the fact that I found an action film unbelievable. They’re always unbelievable, but for some reason, Man On A Ledge pushed things too far and I just couldn’t forget it.
The fact that things are hard to accept only shows that the film is completely lacking in action. If it had been exciting and tense, and had your heart racing, nobody would care that characters from the same family all had different accents. Maybe we could forget that the way that Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) proves his innocence makes no sense at all. We might have even been able to get over the fact that Nick’s accomplices in his attempt to prove his innocence are obnoxious. Instead, viewers are probably wondering when Nick will finally jump off the building so the movie can be over.
Things start out promising, but only because we have no clue what is going on. Even though we know nothing about the story yet, it’s not hard to see who the bad guy really is. With that so easy to figure out, a great deal of the mystery is gone from the film. The rest of the story isn’t a secret, at least not after a little while, but that one idea should have been. It certainly would have made the later half of the film a bit more interesting. The only twist left actually surprised me when it was revealed at the end of the film, but it did nothing to enhance what came before. The biggest problem is the insane way that Nick goes about finding out what really happened to land him in jail. It’s so outrageous that I assumed even if he pulled it off, he’d still wind up in jail. When everything is rainbows and lollipops at the end, like we all know it will be, I just couldn’t accept that he gets away with it all.
Ultimately, Man On A Ledge winds up being so generic that it fails to be exciting. It’s not particularly bad, but it’s not good either, and mediocre is the worst thing for a film to be. The bad guys aren’t that bad, there’s only a few moments of action, and a bunch of the characters are so annoying that you want to turn the movie off. I’ve never really been a fan of Sam Worthington though. His best role was probably as a robot in the last Terminator film. He’s just good at being an emotionless robot. Surprisingly, he wasn’t that bad here. It could be that everyone else just annoyed me more than he did, but at least he was the one highlight in a rather boring movie.
Under the marquee – Will