A man (Sam Worthington) checks into a high-rise hotel, eats breakfast, steps out the window and spends much of the rest of the movie on the ledge, 20 floors away from certain death. Why he’s there becomes the subject of Man on a Ledge, a thriller that places its protagonist in a single precarious position (Phone Booth, Buried) and hopes you care enough to see what happens next.
ClearPlay In Action!
Language and violence are the main issues with the PG-13 Man on a Ledge. Some fighting and shooting is made less bloody thanks to ClearPlay, with about 60 profanities cut. A couple of scenes featuring women in revealing clothing are also trimmed. You still may want to limit viewing by younger family members; the film seems to suggest it’s okay to take life–threatening, extreme measures to get what you want, even if it’s part of a “master plan.”
Will Man on a Ledge put me on the edge of my seat?…
Maybe. I put “master plan” in quotes because the plot relies on so many loopy contingencies and implausible variables that the flip-flop between ingenious caper and lucky happenstance, the ledge might as well be above the Grand Canyon. That’s the size of chasm between reality and fantasy. But if you forgive it that, Man on a Ledge is actually kinda fun.
Marty Nabhan—ClearPlay Crisis Negotiator
Rated PG-13 for violence and brief strong language; 102 min; Directed by Asger Leth