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Man on a Ledge (2012) 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
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Man on a Ledge (2012)

MPAA Rating: PG-13

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MAN ON A LEDGE Sam Worthington and Elizabeth Banks
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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