Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Man on a ledge

Director: Asger Leth

Starring: Ed Harris, Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Genesis Rodriguez, Ed Burns

A complex edge-of-seat thriller, part psychological pot boiler, and part heist movie, it is full of tension with a clever script that creates an intricate web of deceit comprising elements that include grand theft, corrupt cops, revenge and redemption. Drama, action, relationships and humour are all within. Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) is an ex-cop and wanted fugitive who climbs out onto the ledge of New York's Roosevelt Hotel, 21 stories above Madison Avenue. He appears to want to end it all and calls for the recently disgraced New York Police Department negotiator Lydia Mercer (Elizabeth Banks). Reluctant at first the police eventually concur but when she tries to talk him down, the negotiator realizes Cassidy might have a powerful ulterior motive. Worthington holds the film together beautifully, while Banks gives one of her best recent performances as the troubled police negotiator who is asked to make a leap of a judgment call. The movie is a ripping yarn with never a dull moment and worth watching to the last reel.

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