For an unknown reason, I’m quite judgmental of movies with titles with the pattern of an object + “on a” + place, like Snake on a Plane, or Bird on a Wire and now Man on a Ledge. If I can summarise the movie, it would be like a dash of The Fugitive, some cop story seasonings, along with a healthy dose of heist and robbery scene.
After spending two years in Sing Sing, a maximum security prison, Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) manages to escape to prove his innocence. He was allegedly framed for stealing a precious diamond when he was moonlighting as a security guard for a well-known businessman, David Englander (Ed Harris). To prove his innocence, Nick formulates an elaborate plan which include him standing on a ledge of a fancy hotel in New York, while his brother and her girlfriend arrange a daring robbery in a nearby tower. Naturally, there are some corrupt cops thrown in, along with a good cop who helps Nick prove his innocence, Detective Lydia Mercer (Elizabeth Banks), who apparently fails in preventing a rookie cop committing suicide earlier.
The premise of the story is simple and the setting is limited – you get to see Sam Worthington standing on the window ledge a lot. While the movie managed to keep the heart racing, it failed to engage my interest and attention at several points in the movie. This is a decent movie to see if you want something that is not too cerebral, sentimental nor too action-packed – just something to entertain you and keep your pulse racing for a bit. There are other well-known actors in this movie, like Edward Burns, Jamie Bell, and Kyra Sedgwick also star in this movie but most of their roles are highly limited.
PS: Unfortunately this movie has further confirmed about my scepticism towards movies bearing titles of “[object] + on a + [place]”.