Man on a Ledge

Sunday, December 04 th, 2016 at 00:12 am 

Man on a Ledge

JOY REVIEW

Man on A Ledge may be confused legitimately with a movie that came out last year with Terrence Howard called The Ledge. This one is better and somewhat smarter, but the same kind of notion of a guy caught in a situation not of his own making. This one stars Sam Worthington, who plays an ex-cop who is in prison and goes to his father’s funeral and gets in a fight with his brother, Jamie Bell, over who disappointed dad more and escapes. Elizabeth Banks plays the police negotiator, who has recently had a failure in that a rookie cop suicided, but she’s here at the Roosevelt Hotel trying to convince Sam to come in off the ledge. Ed Burns plays her colleague. Kyra Sedgwick, in a kind of vicious portrayal, plays an absolutely amoral newswoman, and Ed Harris plays the bad guy. Anthony Mackie plays Sam Worthington’s old partner. I don’t want to tell you too much about this; it is billed as a thriller with all sorts of twists and turns. You’ll guess almost all of them with one possible exception, which really doesn’t make much difference to the plot. But having said that, it’s well enough done and the scenes on the ledge, which apparently are real, are scary enough to give you some sweaty palms, and it’s an enjoyable hour and 40 minutes, so I’d give it three stars.

JOY METER