The premise of this film is typical B-movie fodder,
helped by the self-explanatory title (likeSnakes on a
Plane), you know what you are going to get.
Sam Worthington stars as Nick Cassidy, a former cop
wrongly convicted who seemingly wants to end it all by
jumping from the ledge of a high rise building in
Manhattan. Attempting to talk him down is
psychologist Lydia Mercer (Elizabeth Banks, always
useful) but slowly like any good B-movie, it slowly
shows you its hand by having layers.
Nick is in charge of a team hoping to rob a bank, a
raid led by his younger brother Joey (Jamie Bell) and
Angie (Genesis Rodriguez - who wears pink undies to
This allows for a lot of action to take place cutting
between the high rise exterior allowing for helicopter
shots and vistas in contrast to the claustrophobic
feel of the bank raid. You can maybe be cynical
with these heist films that require a genuine sense of
detachment from reality - where everything has to go
so smoothly for the whole plan to come together.
Yet unlike some films that overstay its welcome with
an extended running time, this has a real zip to
proceedings which keeps hold of your attention.
Nick has to stay on the ledge long enough to deflect
attention from alarms and persuade the cops that his
need to end his life is more important. Too some
extents that is hard to believe, but in Sam
Worthington there is a real everyman quality about him
in all his performances, so convincing was he in a
wheelchair during Avatar, you could sense his elation
when he became his avatar.
A good solid supporting cast of Ed Harris, Ed Burns
(doing his typical New Yourk bit as a grumbled cop),
Kyra Sedgwick and Anthony Mackie, give a sense of
reliability to a film that will give you exactly what
it says on the tin. Think of it as the Ronseal
Man on a Ledge is released by Entertainment One on DVD