In Man on a Ledge, Sam Worthington (Avatar, Clash of the Titans) plays a New York cop named Nick Cassidy who takes a job moonlighting as a security guard for a ruthless real estate tycoon (Ed Harris). One thing leads to another, with the businessman setting up the cop to take the fall for a missing $40 million diamond and the cop heading off to spend years in jail for a crime he didn't commit. A one-day pass from jail to go to his father's funeral leads to an escape from custody which ultimately leads to time spent out on a ledge talking to the pretty Detective Lydia Mercer (played by Elizabeth Banks), a negotiator he specifically requests.
Meanwhile, there's something going down across the street at the high-rise building owned by the evil tycoon. But because Nick's got the cops and all the citizens on the streets busy taking bets on when he'll jump, they're sidetracked and don't notice Nick's brother (Jamie Bell) and his foxy girlfriend (Genesis Rodriguez) trying to break into a nearly impenetrable vault in a nearby building.
The Bottom Line:
There are a few really suspenseful scenes in Man on a Ledge, and the banter between Jamie Bell and Genesis Rodriguez is not only cute but entertaining. The actual plot is ludicrous, as are the stunts, but the execution of it all is fun enough to watch. Even as the implausibility factor rises with each passing minute, Man on a Ledge manages to somehow, someway, not completely turn the audience off. Part of it's due to the charismatic cast and part of it's just due to the fact the film in no way seems to be taking itself seriously, allowing us to just enjoy it for the absolute silliness that it is.
Man on a Ledge was directed by Asger Leth and is rated PG-13 for violence and brief strong language.
Theatrical Release: January 27, 2012