Plot falls down

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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.

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