Starring: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell
Director: Asger Leth
Another runner-up on my list for this year, Man on a Ledge was better than expected. It certainly deserved more of a shot from audiences than it got. It's a really good thriller that may not have you guessing what's going to happen next, but will definitely keep you glued to the screen to see how the whole heist plays out.
The story involves Nick Cassidy, a man who in his mind was wrongfully imprisoned for stealing a diamond he claims he never stole. So he hatches a plan with his brother to break out of jail and pose as a suicide threat to distract the diamond owner (played by the always reliable bad guy actor, Ed Harris) so Nick's brother can steal the diamond for real. It sounds a bit convoluted and the story does take time to come into focus but after a half an hour, you'll be anxiously waiting for the other shoe to drop.
I wouldn't say it's a masterful thriller, but it's decent and there's some good performances from Worthington and Banks. The latter playing the negotiator who is trying to get Nick off the ledge. She has her own issues to deal with and although it's not a terribly done side plot, it's not really a huge distraction from the main plot either. There a couple of very small twists near the end that wrap up all the loose ends that felt a little forced, but I was too involved with the outcome of the movie that I didn't mind some of the confusion.
If you like thrillers, this one a great rainy day movie - you may not be guessing how it will end, but there's enough suspense and drama to keep you entertained as to how the movie gets to the ending. I would compare this movie to Inside Man - although not as amazing - it certainly holds its own in this genre.