An ex-cop turned con threatens to jump to his death from a Manhattan hotel rooftop. The NYPD dispatch a female police psychologist to talk him down. However, unbeknownst to the police on the scene, the suicide attempt is a cover for the biggest diamond heist ever pulled.
Popcorn Movie With Artificial Butter
I have no problems suspending belief for certain movies. Kung fu movies, fantasy, sci-fi, comic book adaptations, all of those are easy for me to turn an eye to the absence of real life situations. It’s the movies that take place in a real world type setting where I turn on my implausible radar.
Man on a Ledge is one of those films that suffers from a deficiency of authenticity. The story is simple enough bearing the classic wrongly convicted man scenario. Sam Worthington plays a former New York cop who was convicted of stealing a 40 million dollar diamond from bad guy business mogul Ed Harris. Worthington escapes from prison while on furlough for the funeral of his dad and instead of hightailing it to the nearest border, he hashes up a plan to get revenge on Harris and prove his innocence.
The plot involves him standing on a ledge of a hotel faking a suicide attempt to cause a diversion. When all attention is on him, his brother and brother’s girlfriend are breaking into Harris’s private jewelry collection which is stored across the street from where Worthington is holding court. Meantime, a negotiator is brought in (Elizabeth Banks) who is currently the whipping girl of the department for failing to talk down a rookie cop jumper a month earlier. She is reluctantly assisted by Ed Burns and Anthony Mackie also drops in as the former partner of Worthington.
The plot is silly but it starts out fun enough in a Hollywood sort of way. As it draws on, however, the viewer is asked to suspend belief too many times. There’s the initial escape itself, the thievery expertise of the brother and girlfriend (what do they do for a living anyway?), and amongst more serious things, Worthington’s New York accent which is plagued by moments of relapse into his native Aussie cadence.
In the end, it all feels like a less cool version of The Negotiator minus any of the clever banter between Worthington’s Samuel L. Jackson and Bank’s Kevin Spacey. Half point extra due to the sauciness of Genesis Rodriguez who plays the role of the brother’s girlfriend.