Friday, January 27, 2012

Man On a Ledge - 2 1/2 stars

Sam Worthington plays an escaped convict. He checks in to a hotel and climbs out on the ledge. Everyone thinks he is a jumper. A crowd forms and the police come to talk him down.

What they don't know is that he is not planning on jumping. He is there to prove his innocence. He was accused of stealing a diamond from Ed Harris. While he is serving as a distraction, his brother and his brother's girlfriend are going to break in to Ed Harris's safe (in the building across the street) and get the diamond. Then he will be able to prove that he never stole it. Harris said the diamond was stolen so he could commit insurance fraud.

The script is very by the numbers. Every move and plot twist can be seen a mile away. Plus the dialogue is pretty bad.

There are a few bright spots. The couple breaking in are a lot of fun. They are lovers but they are fighting about stuff the whole time. The finale of the movie is pretty good. It is ridiculous, but entertaining. And there are a couple of refreshing things that happen during the finale that I did not expect from such a by the numbers screenplay.

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