Man on a Ledge [Blu-Ray] Asger Leth

Man on a Ledge [Blu-Ray] Asger Leth
Rather than putting on the pretence of discussing character development or thematic continuity, the sole "Making of" Blu-Ray supplement dives into the gimmick of this trashy but entertaining throwaway thriller. Shot atop the Roosevelt Hotel in NYC, Sam Worthington only briefly mentions that his character, Nick Cassidy, is on a mission to prove his innocence – hence standing on a 20th story ledge at the Roosevelt Hotel – before talking about what it was like to actually shoot on top of the building, noting the rush, the vertigo and his fear of heights. They then delve into the trickery of building a moveable room on top of the hotel to allow for shot and actor flexibility, as well as the limited use of green screen and in-studio set mock-ups to film some of the more complex rooftop action. It helps add some appreciation to the film, which goes through the motions of a standard actioner about a wrongfully convicted man with an endless array of plot twists and odd conveniences, which are later made plausible via third act explanations. But even though most of the film relies on the exchanges between Nick and Lydia (Elizabeth Banks), the down-on-her-luck police psychologist fighting a misogynist bureaucracy, secondary storylines involving Nick's brother, Joey (Jamie Bell), and Angie (Genesis Rodriguez) breaking into a highly secure vault help keep everything propulsive and comic enough so that the gaping plot holes register as merely laughable diversions, rather than serious problems. In fact, in a guilty pleasure sort of way, Man on a Ledge succeeds in its limited, superficial aim by taking a one-line concept and blowing it up into a highly entertaining feature-length movie. It's just annoying that secondary clichés like a crazed homeless man saving the day pop on occasion to remind us that what we're watching is pure pap. Clearly this wasn't lost on the cast, filmmakers or studio, since the other Blu-Ray supplement (a trailer commentated by Elizabeth Banks) features the comic actress doing an ersatz "honey badger" routine on the film, talking about how she would tap Ed Harris, after making comments like, "There's Sam Worthington opening his legs." (eOne)