Plot falls down
Director: Asger Leth ( feature debut) Stars: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Edward Burns, Jamie Bell Stuck on a one- step program
IN the time- honoured tradition of such self- explanatory classics as Snakes on a Plane, Hot Tub Time Machine and Hobo
With a Shotgun comes Man on a Ledge. First, some casting notes. The man is played by Sam Worthington.
And after a worldwide casting call, the plum role of the ledge went to a grotty concrete slab on the exterior of a New York hotel.
When comparing the two performances, most would agree the promising newcomer leaves more of a convincing impression than the where ’s my- cheque? work of Worthington.
The film itself? A generic thriller as dumb as a brick. Almost endearingly so. But not quite.
Worthington plays Nick, an ex- cop framed ’n ’jailed for something he did not do. Having made his escape by slugging some security guards at his dad’s funeral, Nick heads straight for the aforementioned hotel ledge.
Which is where we soon realise this film is all about something he will not do.
As if the guy is going to jump. The star of a major motion picture would never suddenly dive off the side of a skyscraper. Just doesn’t happen.
So when it comes to ratcheting tension levels up and down, Man on a Ledge has its back against the wall from the get- go.
As a few thousand easily- amused New York ghouls gawk at the non- suicidal drama on high, a few worried heads are poked out a nearby window for a natter with Nick. One of them ( an NYPD field psych played by Elizabeth Banks) is such a total babe, you’ll be doubly convinced Nick ain’t gonna be kissing no footpath.
Of course, there is a shock twist to the scenario that reveals why Nick has chosen such a public forum to announce his demise. But it is not enough to stop you wishing the gang from Tower Heist would drop down from above to liven things up a bit.
HAVING A NATTER: Elizabeth Banks and Sam Worthington star in this ordinary thriller.
OFF THE LEDGE: Sam Worthington in a scene on the streets of New York City.