Man on a Ledge

Year: 2011
Production Co: Di Bonaventura Pictures
Studio: Summit Entertainment
Director: Asger Leth
Producer: Lorenzo Di Bonaventura
Writer: Pablo F Fenjves
Cast: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Genesis Rodriguez, Ed Burns, Anthony Mackie, Ed Harris

It seems somewhere along the line Sam Worthington decided to showcase himself more in smaller roles in dramas and thrillers where the fantastic creatures of Pandora or the Titans didn't overshadow him. Since he admitted what crap Clash of the Titans was, he's been quite vocal about his take on Perseus being a bland, generic action hero rather than a character.

Here's the problem with his approach – Worthington's not a good enough actor to play characters, and without a supercomputer's worth of CGI thrills and special effects surrounding him his shortcomings are all too obvious.

He's never mastered the American accent most of his roles have called for, his voice veering wildly back to Australian in moments of intensity. In Clash of the Titans he seems to have abandoned any accent at all apart from a gruff growl. And his shaky grip on intensity is a shame too because it's when Worthington's playing intense that his talent starts to slip. Whenever he gets desperate, angry or impassioned in Man On a Ledge, all he can manage is to grit his teeth so hard his head shakes a bit, stare out of his steely eyes and talk in a monotone.

And with little else surrounding him, Man on a Ledge doesn't have much to offer. Worthington is an ex con who steps out onto a New York hotel ledge, threatening to jump and becoming a media sensation while damaged negotiator Lydia (Banks, who at least tries new genres) tries to talk him back in.

But Nick (Worthington) might not be all he seems – he's in touch with his brother (Bell) and his brother's hot girlfriend (Rodriguez, in an obligatory underwear scene) via a secret earpiece as they break into a building across the street owned by industrialist London (Harris) to execute a daring low-tech robbery.

The problem with each aspect of the film – from the robbery to the relationship Lydia and Nick build up – is that we've seen them all done much better so many times before. It just doesn't have much to offer.

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