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on 2 July 2012
Don't you just love it when a movie spells out EXACTLY what it's about? I call it The Oliver Stone School of Film Titles, since he started it all back in the 1980s with "Wall Street" (which was set on Wall Street), "The Doors" (about the band The Doors), "Salvador" (set in El Salvador) and many other thrillingly accurate titles. In "Man On A Ledge" Sam Worthington plays Nick, an ex-cop with a mullet who's been convicted of stealing a diamond worth forty million dollars. Nick is desperate to nail the dirtbag who framed him for the crime, but if he took one look in a mirror he'd forget that and go after the real villain- his hairdresser. Aussie Sam doesn't make much effort with the accent and sounds more "Neighbours" than New York, while Elizabeth Banks gives another vacant performance as a hostage negotiator. As the various plot strands come together, it all becomes fairly exciting aswell as totally absurd, with credibility being stretched to breaking point. My advice is get a massive pizza and a boatload of alcohol and put your brain in your back pocket, then you'll probably enjoy.
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on 31 July 2013
Sam Worthington is convicted of a crime he claims he did not commit. He goes out on the ledge of a building, in what we know early on is a diversionary tactic as he conspires with his brother (Jamie Bell) to prove his innocence. He requests Lydia "Grim Reaper" Mercer (Elizabeth Banks) to be the person to talk him down. By the nickname, her track record of talking people down has been less than desirable. She is hungry to save someone while fighting her hangover.

The film uses a good intense sound track to raise the thriller level as Jamie and his girlfriend (Genesis Rodriguez) attempt to prove Worthington is innocent.

Good intensity. Minor expected twists.

F-bomb, no sex, no nudity, Genesis Rodriguez in bra/panties.
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on 6 May 2014
You need more than just suspending belief to sit through this garbage. There is no credibility in anything that happens and the director must hope the film's audience are gullible. The 12 certificate should be for 12 months or under only. Don't waste your time (unless you are easily pleased)
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on 19 September 2013
Brilliant film.
You feel you are right there taking part in the storyline and great when it hits you!
Casting is superb.
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on 24 May 2014
I thought Man on a Ledge would be your average action movie in everyway. But it wasn't. The best thing was the original plot, which made the movie very exciting. The acting was good also. Highly recommended
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VINE VOICEon 8 August 2012
Is "Man on a Ledge" great art - no! Does it have a believable plot - no! However, what it does have going for it is that it speeds along keeping the viewer entertained. Great cast but then I'm biased because Ed Harris, who is the principal "bad guy" here, is always worth the price of admission. Sometimes a movie doesn't need the critics approval to be a good film, it just has to be entertaining and "Man on the Ledge" ticks this box! Is he going to jump - watch it and find out!
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on 22 July 2012
One of those films that starts off ok and then gets more and more far-fetched, corny and silly as it goes on until the point you realise it is a very poor film indeed. Firstly, Elizabeth Banks who plays the negotiator is woefully miscast, usually seen in comedies she doesn't convince at all, her character is meant to have some recent tragic history but you never feel it for a second.

Then we have the mismatched pairing of Jamie Bell and some ultra hot female actress whose only purpose seems to be to run around in skimpy clothes. Their part in the plot is completley ludicrous as they execute a highly complex heist like something you'd expect Tom Cruise to be carrying out in a Mission Impossible film, and these two are meant to be regular Joes, not secret agents. It's all very silly and completely unbelievable.

The finale is equally as daft yet predictable, save yourself a few hours unless you can take your suspension of disbelief being stretched far beyond breaking point.
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VINE VOICEon 8 February 2012
"Man on a Ledge" is an excellent thriller with a novel plot. It is well acted and filmed and has an exciting finale that is worth the wait. Sam Worthington plays an ex cop,now a fugitive convict, who steps out onto the ledge of his hotel room causing traffic chaos with a large crowd of onlookers watching and TV cameras filming his every move. However this character is not intending to commit suicide , but is standing on the ledge as a distraction for a daring diamond robbery in an adjacent building. We find out more about why Worthington's character has taken such drastic steps as the film progresses, as he tries to clear his name from a crime he didn't commit. Elizabeth Banks plays a pretty blonde detective who bonds with him as she tries to talk him down from the ledge. The film is gripping throughout with a lot of suspense generated and it is not one to watch if you're afraid of heights (like I am).
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on 26 July 2016
Mildly enjoyable heist movie best enjoyed with your brain off. Ignore that warning and the silliness and plot holes you could drive a bus through are probably going to irritate you. If you've not already seen it buy Inside Man instead which does a similar thing way, way better.
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on 20 August 2016
I wasn't entirely sure what to expect after reading mixed reviews for the film on Amazon but at £2.96 it is a definite bargain. It was quite a slow start but by the end I was completely hooked. Definitely recommend it for this price!
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