Man on a Ledge

Man on a Ledge

An ex-cop and now wanted fugitive stands on the ledge of a high-rise building while a hard-living New York Police Department negotiator tries to talk him down. The longer they are on the ledge, the more she realises that he might have an ulterior objective. 2.2 out of 5 based on 16 reviews
Man on a Ledge

Omniscore:

Certificate
Genre Thriller
Director Asger Leth
Cast Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Edward Burns, Anthony Mackie Sam Worthington
Studio E1 Entertainment
Release Date February 2012
Running Time 102 mins
 

An ex-cop and now wanted fugitive stands on the ledge of a high-rise building while a hard-living New York Police Department negotiator tries to talk him down. The longer they are on the ledge, the more she realises that he might have an ulterior objective.

Reviews

Empire Magazine

Kim Newman

It’s complicated rather than clever and you get all the high-tech robbery clichés not raked over this season by Tower Heist, but this is the sort of reasonably well-made, packed-full-of-folks-who-are-fun-to-watch popcorn-fodder picture you’ll enjoy if you get over the suspension-of-disbelief bump early on.

30/01/2012

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The Daily Telegraph

Robbie Collin

Might look like another preposterous heist thriller, but it’s really a topical wish-fulfilment fantasy.

03/02/2012

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Time Magazine

Mary Pols

The movie is deeply dependent on its supporting players. Harris, the one heavyweight on board, invests a campy level of malice to his role, but he’s no more than a caricature. The actual star, Worthington, makes for an awkward hero, his barely suppressed native Australian accent a distraction and his manner decidedly low-key ... Here he blends right into the greys and browns of the building he’s perched on.

26/01/2012

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Time Out

Anna Smith

Preposterousness can be forgivable in a B-movie clock-ticker – at least to fans of the genre. This embraces its own lunacy readily enough, never aiming for anything more than the disposable thrills it delivers thick and fast.

30/01/2012

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Scotland on Sunday

Siobhan Synnot

The film’s dizziest conceit is casting Worthington and wee Jamie Bell as brothers...

29/01/2012

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The Los Angeles Times

Betsy Sharkey

As promised, this is about a man on a ledge and Nick will spend a great deal of the rest of the film clinging, balancing, or inching this way and that, along it. A precarious position to be sure, but one that requires a kind of naked performance that allows the audience to experience the risk-reward churn that must be going on somewhere inside. That we don't get.

27/01/2012

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The Observer

Philip French

Acrophobes of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your balance.

05/02/2012

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The Scotsman

Alistair Harkness

There’s almost something goofily entertaining about Man on a Ledge. Almost.

02/02/2012

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Total Film

Matt Glasby

It’s just hard to feign interest when the performers don’t seem to be able to, and some of the dialogue’s so excruciating it’s a wonder screenwriter Pablo F. Fenjves isn’t joining his protagonist on the ledge.

23/01/2012

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Channel 4 Film

Terry Mulcahy

Essentially whenever something needs to happen in the film it will happen in the laziest, most convenient way possible - and it's unintentionally hilarious. A film with aspirations to be one part Die Hard, one part Ocean's Eleven really didn't need to be as smart or as slick as either of those films to be fun but Fenjves' script doesn't even try.

03/02/2012

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

Yes, it's completely ludicrous, but it's energetic enough to keep you watching.

05/02/2012

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

Strictly for acrophobes with masochism.

02/02/2012

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The Guardian

Henry Barnes

We godda man ... on a ledge, barks one of New York City finest – just in case the dozy thriller's essence had evaded us. It ends with a chase and a betrayal and a hokey reveal.

02/02/2012

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

A high-rise thriller that aims low, Man on a Ledge asks us not so much to suspend our disbelief as string it up, set it on fire and pee on the remains.

03/02/2012

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The Daily Mail

Chris Tookey

By the end, when our hero reveals talents as a human fly, most audience members will be rolling their eyes in disbelief. That’s if they haven’t already leapt from their seats and left the cinema.

03/02/2012

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The New York Times

Stephen Holden

Rarely has a film exhibited a bigger disconnect between urban realism and utter ludicrousness.

26/01/2012

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