Man on a Ledge For a film with such a straightforward title, Man on a Ledge turns out to be remarkably convoluted. Poised precipitously atop a high-concept premise, Sam… Man on a Ledge For a film with such a straightforward title, Man on a Ledge turns out to be remarkably convoluted. Poised precipitously atop a high-concept premise, Sam… 2012-01-27 PG-13 PT102M Thriller Elizabeth Banks Jamie Bell Sam Worthington
Movie Review

Man on a Ledge (2012)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
MAN ON A LEDGE Sam Worthington and Elizabeth Banks
Image credit: Myles Aronowitz
MAN ON A LEDGE Sam Worthington and Elizabeth Banks
EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Jan 27, 2012; Rated: PG-13; Length: 102 Minutes; Genre: Thriller; With: Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell and Sam Worthington

For a film with such a straightforward title, Man on a Ledge turns out to be remarkably convoluted. Poised precipitously atop a high-concept premise, Sam Worthington is an escaped convict attempting to prove his innocence in the most elaborate way possible: He climbs out onto a hotel ledge and creates a suicide spectacle/diversion that allows his brother (Jamie Bell) to steal a diamond from an iniquitous real estate baron played with a perpetual scowl by Ed Harris. It's all ostensibly part of a master plan, as is his requesting Elizabeth Banks' beleaguered negotiator, but it feels as if the filmmakers have tried to stuff the plots of too many different movies into a single casing that's already overflowing with eye-rolling improbabilities. Despite the occasional dumb fun — especially with the heist portions — the leap of logic required to make it all work is enough to leave your brain pancaked on the sidewalk. C

Originally posted Jan 25, 2012 Published in issue #1192-1193 Feb 03, 2012 Order article reprints
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Weekend of Jan 25 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1.
American Sniper
Warner Bros.
$64.4 5 $200.1 C+
2.
The Boy Next Door
Universal
$15.0 1 $15.0 C+
3.
Paddington
Weinstein Co.
$12.4 2 $40.1 A-
4.
The Wedding Ringer
Screen Gems
$11.6 2 $39.7 D
5.
Taken 3
Fox
$7.6 3 $76.1 B-
6.
The Imitation Game
Weinstein Co.
$7.1 9 $60.6 B+
7.
Strange Magic
Touchstone
$5.5 1 $5.5 NA
8.
Selma
Paramount
$5.5 5 $39.2 A
9.
Mortdecai
Lionsgate
$4.1 1 $4.1 C-
10.
Into the Woods
Walt Disney Pictures
$3.9 5 $121.5 B-
* in millions

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