Man on a Ledge Movie Review

‘Man on a Ledge’  premiered yesterday in theaters across the world. The film starring Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, and Edward Burns, has been one of the mot anticipated releases for 2012. When I first saw the previews in theaters, I found myself counting down the days until its premiere.

When January 27 finally arrived,  I got my boyfriend and a group of our closest friends for a Friday night group date, which is the best way (in my opinion) to enjoy a movie of this sort. The ironic thing about this group date was that everyone involved, except for my boyfriend and I, studied criminal justice at John Jay, which actually made the outing so much more enjoyable and interesting.

Before I go to see a movie I always check out the reviews, just to get an idea of what to expect. For this film, the reviews were slightly dismal and made me a bit skeptical. But naturally all my friends wanted to see it, so I had no problem paying to see it as well because I was in such good company.

Now, for those of you who are not familiar with the film ‘Man on a Ledge,’ here is a quick synopsis fromMovieFone:

In the heart-pounding thriller ‘Man on a Ledge’, Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) makes a desperate and life-threatening move to prove his innocence after he is framed for the theft of a rare, prized diamond. Recently escaped from prison and with nowhere else to go, Nick climbs onto the ledge of a towering skyscraper, inviting the eyes of New York City to anxiously watch as one wrong step could mean plunging to his death. But as one police negotiator soon learns, Nick’s daredevil stunt, captivating the eyes of the public and media, masks a dangerous ploy to reveal the truth about his tarnished name. With the help of his brother and with time running out, Nick’s intricate plan must work perfectly, but when you’re on the 25th floor ledge of a building, going down takes on an entirely more hair-raising meaning.

I would give this movie 4 out of 5 stars.  From the start of the movie, I was drawn into the plot. One would think the story line to be cliched and predictable because there are so many movies about people trying to prove their innocence, but there are tons of twist and turns in this movie that you wouldn’t expect. What I also enjoyed about this movie was the fact that there were bits of comedic relief during moments of suspense in the film. What kept me from giving this movie a 5 was the fact that I was left with a lot of questions at the end about a few things that happened in the plot and about a few of the characters.

Although I enjoyed the movie, I thought my John Jay friends would be the movie’s harshest critics but to my surprise they all enjoyed it and one of them even said that movie reminded them of why they chose this career path in the first place. I speak for all of us when I recommend seeing this film.

If you can’t see the film this week, but would love to have a movie night with a group of your closest friends, here is a coupon for DVD Funhouse (click the photo for a printable page):


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