MAN ON A LEDGE is an action heist thriller that tries to break away from the clutches of repetition only to make a whole new monster. Sam Worthington really made a name for himself with James Cameron’s Avatar and soon afterwards by taking up the lead role in the remake of Clash of the Titans (as well as Wrath of the Titans). I think MAN ON A LEDGE was Worthington’s attempt to break away from being a specific genre star. I’m not sure if it was Worthington’s acting or the direction and dialogue he was given, but he just doesn’t pull off this tortured innocent ex-cop act.
Worthington isn’t the only person to blame as far as acting in the film goes. Elizabeth Banks is a cop with a past that’s haunting her and somehow gets caught up in this whole thing going on and yeah… I’ll just skip on the actor bashing and say that only Billy Elliott did a pretty exceptional job with what he was given. Oh, and by Billy Elliott, I mean Jamie Bell.
In other news, here are some alternate titles for the film:
• Man On A Ledge With A Leggy Blonde
• Ex Convict Cop On The Run (The Fugitive was already taken)
• Evil Ed Harris NOT On A Ledge
• Who Framed Sam Worthington?
• Ledge Heist
• Man With A Mullet
• Sexy Negotiating
…And that’s all I can think of for now. If YOU have more alternate titles, please feel free to share them.
Trailer audio commentary by Elizabeth Banks: Well, apparently they couldn’t get her to do a commentary for the full length of the film, so that’s a good sign. Seriously though, the trailer shows New York and the first thing she says is “That’s New York”… Hmm, well thanks Liz. She also feels the need to point out when she is shown in the trailer… Also another big thanks. Here are some actual quotes from the commentary so that unless you really want to watch it, you can avoid it:
-“Oh, that’s the bad guy,”
-“The situation I think I’ve walked into *DUN DUN DUN* is not the real situation at hand,”
-“That’s me making googly eyes at Sam Worthington,”
-“That’s Sam Worthington opening his legs,”
-“That’s the ledge,”
-“Can we just talk about how Ed Harris has just aged like a great bottle of wine? He’s just a super shwanky looking older man that I would still like to tap,”
Hear that, Ed Harris? Elizabeth Banks wants to bang you.
Oh, and Sam Worthington? Please get a haircut. That thing you have going with your hair? Hate to break it to you, but it’s kind of a mullet.