I’d like for Man On A Ledge to be good, for a few reasons. I’m intrigued by director Asger Leth, whose only other directing credit is Ghosts of Cité Soleil, a documentary about Haitian gang members during the Aristide regime. While it stars the unspectacular Sam Worthington (who Hollywood is determined to make happen) it’s got a pretty damn spectacular supporting cast including Elizabeth Banks (in a rare dramatic role), Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Kyra Sedgwick, Anthony Mackie, Edward Burns, and William Sadler (not to mention the underrated Titus Welliver). It also features telemundo actress Genesis Rodriguez, who apparently keeps misplacing her clothing.
The premise is an interesting one — a man (Worthington) steps out on a window ledge threatening to jump. As the cops, including Banks, swarm to try to talk him down, it’s seen that there’s more at play and that the jumper is merely a distraction. It’s a clever plot device, I suppose. Take a look:
It’s also a movie that comes out in four months that I haven’t heard of until now, and that’s not a particularly good sign. But occasionally we get lucky in the colder months, so maybe this’ll be a diamond in the rough. Maybe?