Friday, January 27, 2012
Man on a Ledge
Sam Worthington plays the titular character, a convicted felon who stands alone high atop a New York City skyscraper proclaiming his innocence. And he's got a plan to prove it.
I must admit, by the summer of 2010 Worthington had quickly become my least favorite movie star, based on forgettable and downright subpar performances in blockbusters like 'Avatar', 'Clash of the Titans', and 'Terminator: Salvation'. To me he seemed worth significantly less than a ton, but he was undeniably king at the box office and it became clear we'd be seeing a lot more of him. And while I still haven't really taken a liking to him, his last three movies, 'The Debt', 'Last Night', and now this one, are all major improvements in script and in his own performance. So he's off my $#!& list (at least until the upcoming sequel to 'Clash' and rumored sequel to 'Avatar'. Ugh.) But that's not why you called...
While 'Man on a Ledge' doesn't really provide anything we haven't seen before, it provides exactly what most people go to the movies for: fun, exciting, non-stop escapism. It's an action thriller heist film that keeps you on the edge of your seat (or ledge, so to speak) from start to finish. And each familiar face that pops up is more likeable than the last. (Is there a better supporting actor than Ed Harris? I don't think so.) And for a January release, this one's a nice surprise.