Saturday, June 13, 2015

MAN ON A LEDGE (2012)



Directed By: Asger Leth 
Written By: Pablo F. Fenjves 
Cinematography By: Paul Cameron 
Editor: Kevin Stitt 


Cast: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Genesis Rodriguez, Kyra Sedgwick, Ed Burns, Anthony Mackie, Ed Harris, Titus Welliver, Willam Sadler, J. Smith-Cameron, Joe Lisi


An ex-cop turned con threatens to jump to his death from a Manhattan hotel rooftop. The nearest New York Police officer immediately responds to a screaming woman and calls dispatch. More Officers arrive with SWAT and tactical command along with fire-fighters. The police then dispatches a female police psychologist personally requested to talk him down from the ledge. However, things aren't as straightforward and clear-cut as they appear to be.

Sam Worthington once again proves himself still un-engaging and virtually charisma free on screen. Like a sculpted blank slate. He never embarasses himself

Like a dumber version of Inside man with more action and less mystery or surprises. Definitely generic, not a New York film.

Still appears anything Ed Burns touches or is associates himself with usually diminishes the quality. Luckily here he is associated with a project that is barely passable.

Elizabeth banks as he unbelievable attractive an appealing, prettiest heavy drinking hostage negotiator.

Like a pilot episode of a police procedural, with a special guest star. That feels more like stunt casting. Just to get rating and for the actor to stretch beyond the big screen for he small screen. Yet reeks of a favor or the material being really strong. Before it became more in vogue.

Think a more commercial episode of HOMICIDE LIFE IN THE STREETS, FLASHPOINT, CHICAGO FIRE, CHICAGO P.D. OR THIRD WATCH with slightly better production values.

And you would think Sam Worthington the star of the film would be worth it, but it is more like Ed Harris as he seems too much of a prestieged actor to be in this film. Worthington so far not liing up to his surname.

Genesis Rodriguez's cleavage should get a special credit as a co-star in this film. They are the best part and most interesting character on screen. I know I couldn't take my eyes off of them. It's what kept me riveted throughout and interested. Though in all seriousness she is also the only actor who seems natural and puts up an effort with her character. Even if her character arc is ridiculous and convenient. As she just happens to be a former burglar. Which her boyfriend didn’t know about until then? Though the film uses her as the film ENTRAPMENT used Catherine-Zeta Jones and seems to be the inspiration for her character

As the rest of the cast seems to try really hard to perfect supposedly authentic New York accents.

The overly complicated safe, that goes through painstakingly detailed explanation. Then once you wonder how they are going to manage to bypass it all. The villain conveniently decides to keep it with him. Making it much more easier to steal.

All of the wide shots of the actors on the ledge were real. Restraining cables were either hidden from camera view or edited out in post-production.

The films casting feels like a mix and match or collage casting as you realize that the film and characters are generic, thin and one dimensional. But this really of no consideration not even trying. Just seeing who was free at the time.

A fairly average time waster that tries to keep the audience interested with twists. The only problem is hat you have seen them done before and much better. It is almost like the film is going totally by the book off of model instructions

A designed crowd pleaser that could have starred anyone supposedly hot at the moment. As you never have any doubt how it will wand and for all the lengths the characters go through. By the end they act like it is just another day on the job or in the city.

The fact that her character before being included in this plot was apparently a expert teenage burglar. Somehow escaped earlier getting to know you conversations. Why not? Even though the plan that is supposed to be the brothers main thing. Somehow depends on her doing most of the work


Grade: D+

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