It is very hard to screw up a steak if you asked me. You could only screw up a steak if you didn’t even try. At all. And even at that, it’s still fairly hard to ruin a juicy red meat and makes it inedible. But of course, this notion would not make any sense to a vegetarian but you get the gist. Somethings are hard to screw up for someone. When it comes to movie, heist movie is my steak. It takes a seriously lots and lots of missteps to ruin a heist movie and therefore I’ve always had a generous leeway to forgive a heist movie’s flaws and almost always, finished the movie on a high note. “Man on a Ledge” is no exception to that rule.
I have to say this. But if you don’t have a good guess on what will happen on the next hour after going through the first act, you really haven’t seen a lot of movies. Although this mostly has something to do with easily identifiable faces that you’ll know that they would have a significant part later on, it should be easy to guess the plot right away. At least, not entirely taken by surprise by it.
Just like most heist movie, the motivation behind “Man on a Ledge” is relatively simple and fueled with redemption or vengeance (they are not that different in my book anyways). And it always works. The movie had a pretty good job in putting Sam Worthington solidly in the good guy territory many would’ve hard pressed not to root for him and in this kind of movie, a sympathy would go a very long way toward the end. Also supported by Elizabeth Banks, and Ed Harris (actually the foremost reason why I had went into this movie), and some of “that guy” actors that you often see but would have to look at the internet to learn their names and although I’m being partial, some awesome eye candy for men treatment from Genesis Rodriguez.
As far as heist movie goes, this movie employs everything correctly. Yes, it’s not perfect and some questions regarding the plot holes would undoubtedly surfaced, but there are the required “plan goes wrong,” “thinking on your feet,” and the likes. It won’t work if you don’t rally behind the “good” guy doing the heist, but as I’ve said there’s no problem in that. Given the nature of the good guy and the bad guy, the decision would be easy for most of the audiences.
Not a perfect movie. Some characters are underdeveloped and some decisions should be frowned upon, at best. But just like a properly seared steak (medium rare, the way I like it), you could serve me one without any garnishes or anything at all for that matter, just a slab of meat on my plate and nothing else, I would’ve loved it nonetheless. In the end, among notable heist movies, this movie, for me, feels like a single piece of steak sans garnishes. It may not hold the candle but it would suffice. At least it was better than “Tower Heist.”