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February 3rd, 2012

Movie Review - Man On A Ledge

Man On A Ledge

Starring: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Anthony Mackie, Ed Harris, Jamie Bell, Genesis Rodruiduez, Edward Burns, William Sadler, and more.

Directed by: Asger Leth Written by: Pablo F Fenjves Original Music by: Henry Jackman

Premise: An ex-cop escapes from prison after being denied any more appeals on his 25 year sentence and sets in motion a desperate 'all or nothing' attempt to prove his innocence. (PG-13)

Review: I was worried this one had given everything away in the previews. Luckily there were a few bits they didn't spoil and the cast was fun to watch. 

One thing I do wish they'd not done (and they're not the only ones) is cast a familiar actor on a seemingly super small part. This is ALWAYS a flag that things are not as they seem. So in a way, they shoot themselves in the foot, because then it's not really a surprise when they show up again later because you already know it's coming. But if you're not an avid TV or movie watcher, this will probably not make a difference.

Lots of nice little touches, especially with Joey and Angie. And the extra story line and depth added by Nick specifically requesting Lydia Mercer and the reasons behind it did much to deepen the film. 

A little suspension of disbelief will be called on for one item, but the rest was believable.  A lot of fun to watch the plan slowly unfold and the layers within it. Though there was one of the hitch which did bring to mind that if they'd trained to do this as they stated, would Angie really have had the problem she had? Mmm. 

Some twists and turns. Great work on Sam Worthington's part about being on a ledge that high up. They did a lot of stuff/jokes on New Yorkers, and the crowd really did play a part in the film in several instances, which was also fun.

Some gun play, several unexpected comedic moments, paranoia, parallels, and more. A fun watch.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5 (No hubby rating - he's out of town for work) 

Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic



(2015) Fantasy

The King is Dead! Long Live the Undead King!

"What are you implying?"

The magister glided forward and scrunched down beside him.

"That in order to bathe, you must first actually get into the bath."


(2014) Urban Fantasy

It took everything from her, except revenge!

The muscles in my right arm jerked from tension as I tried to make it move and it resisted. A shrill scream inside my head insisted I didn't want to do this. That if I did, there'd be no way to take it back. "I...I'm afraid."


(2011) Young Adult – Fantasy

Which is worse…the monster without or within?


Home—family—the two things he would never have, the two things forever denied him…because of her.

Anger welled inside him, the heat of it suffusing him to the core, gurgling with seething emotions the total opposite of the coolness splashing down from the fountain nearby. Before he realized what he was doing, Jarrin stepped inside the gazebo.

(2007) Young Adult – Fantasy
“Harry Potter meets Dragon Riders of Pern”


“Do you need any help?” she asked. “Just tell me what you want me to do. If you prefer, I’m sure I can round up at least a few people to come over and give you a hand.”

Kel slowly shook his head. “It’s all right. Thanks anyway.” His voice lowered to where she almost couldn’t hear it. “This is all part of my punishment.’

She frowned, not understanding what he meant. “Punishment?”

Kel cocked his head in Clarence’s direction. In a flash, she understood. None of this was an accident. Clarence had landed there deliberately, hoping to make Kel pay for all he went through in the past month. She shook her head, not wanting to believe this, but what the dragon said next took any doubts right out of her head.

(2008) Young Adult – Fantasy
“To save the world she must DIE! Or must she?”


Panic and fear filled with utter helplessness made her dizzy. She knew what would be done with her, she knew what they planned. But there was nothing she could do to stop any of it.

Sharp gasps echoed in her ears as she felt the room’s cold air caress the Eye.

“You were right. She is the one.”

(2002) Adult/YA – Japanese Fantasy Adventure
“The Last Samurai meets Pirates of the Caribbean”


Laying the blade on the floor before him, Toshi parted his kimono until his stomach lay exposed. He tucked his sleeves beneath his legs to hold him upright if he should falter. Ignoring Asano, he took up the blade. His shoulder flared with pain and he tried not to flinch, as he grabbed the blade with both hands. He turned the wakizashi until its sharp point was aimed at his belly, the residence of his soul.

(2004) Adult/YA – Fantasy Mystery
“He tried to forget his past, but his past wouldn’t forget him”


Torren took a step back a sudden shudder racking through him. It was as if he’d never left, as if the boy he’d been would be coming back-though the one who’d loved this room and all these things was long, long dead. That boy died when he’d watched his father’s blood pour forth from his mouth, the end of a sword protruding from his abdomen. That boy died when he survived while everyone else lay dead.

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