Title: Man on a Ledge Director: Asger Leth Year: 2012 Run time: 1hr 43
Our first 2012 film! Woohoo! This was one that appeared on the iTunes list, and we were drawn to it without really knowing why. The title is shocking - Snakes on a Plane style. Why must we have titles that just say what they are? If this was in fashion years ago, we’d have been watching Dinosaur Island, and Look Out, Iceberg Ahead. Stupid. Anyway, to the film!
1:30 - Whenever people look up at buildings in New York, I always hope it will be the Friends building. 3:00 - This is a man with a plan, no one wipes their fingerprints off cutlery if they’re not up to something bad. 3:45 - Oh, I get where they got the genius title from now - there’s a man on a ledge, see. 12:40 - I love that he didn’t make the level crossing! That never happens. 14:42 - Do they really shut down whole streets for a man on a ledge? 18:38 - We need one of those awesome command centre trucks for Sidepodcast. 26:14 - I don’t think he is really bald and thus I am going to spend the whole film looking for the skull cap line. 26:56 - “240 dollars for breakfast?” “It is the most important meal of the day.” 32:33 - I love the change of pace. 38:46 - Bloody hell, that helicopter is close! 40:56 - I can’t believe the crowd are cheering for him to jump! 43:51 - That’s two conversations at once, proper multi-tasking. 48:09 - Unless he actually is bald… 54:32 - Cor, that was close like Mission Impossible close. 1:01:20 - He has to be one of the thugs. 1:03:59 - This is so Mission Impossible. 1:04:08 - “Be mad, just be mad in the vent.” 1:10:41 - Brilliant that her light is red and messes things up! 1:18:11 - His own fault for putting it in his pocket, no one could have got past that safe. 1:20:58 - Now it’s gone a bit Bourne. 1:28:28 - It’s all gone a bit wrong, and I’ve lost track of the diamond. 1:29:33 - “There’s two kinds of people in this world. People who will do anything to get what they want, and everybody else.” 1:35:36 - Did he steal that from the vault?
I really rather enjoyed it. I wasn’t expecting much, to be honest, but it was entertaining. It was a bit clunky in places, particularly at the beginning as it found its stride. “Most people would struggle with prison, especially a cop.” Oh right, he’s a cop then. Clunk. It also took us a while to recognise anyone in the film, but it was quite fun to see them all revealed gradually. Isn’t that Billy Elliot? Yes! Isn’t that the woman from the other film? Yes! Etc, etc.
I liked the story, although it seemed to be a mega-mashup of Ocean’s Eleven, Mission Impossible and The Bourne Identity, without too many original ideas. It was a reasonable way to spend a couple of hours though.