Man On A Ledge
Mercifully Short Review
by Jonathan Empson
Weathered, chiselled, stony, of pleasing proportions but getting trampled all over… No, I’m not talking about the ledge, I’m talking about Sam Worthington, playing Nick Cassidy, the man standing on it.
We first meet Nick as he checks into a Manhattan hotel, orders a room-service last supper, wipes down his prints then steps out through the window onto the eponymous ledge. A crowd gathers, a negotiator (Elizabeth Banks) is called, and we then discover Nick has escaped from prison with a plan other than a long drop.
This is quite a fun and engaging heist film that’s only let down by its overabundant tropes – the evil property developer, the getting-past-security-via-the-aircon-ducts. And how gooey is that ending? (Ha! You’ll have to find out.)
Australian Release: February 2, 2012.
[box]Jonathan Empson’s TV script Chromewas nominated for an AWGIE in 2010.
His recently completed historical drama-comedy feature Leonardo’s War is in circulation, and his black comedy-thriller Get Out of Here has been optioned.
He is represented by Rick Raftos Management.