There is always a limit to the number of unique stories that we limited human beings can make. Sooner or later, we will only be repeating the same twists and turns, plots and arcs, of the stories written before us.
It takes a great writer with a broad mind to break that curse and come up with something better than the ones that have gone before you. Man On A Ledge, a 2012 movie, was just that.
I want to praise them first for their non-revealing trailer. I thought that it was just another movie about a heist, this time using a man on a ledge as the distraction.
Compared to the other movie trailers we saw in the past, Man On A Ledge setup our minds (or at least my mind) of a different plot. This added to the effect and intensity of the movie as I watched it tonight.
As the plot thickens and the reason behind the supposed suicide show, hence, man on a ledge – he’s jumping to his death, I remembered a 1998 movie entitled The Negotiator. In this movie, a police negotiator was forced to do the unthinkable – he himself is the hostage taker. Not only that, he specifically requested a fellow negotiator that he trust and know that can help him.
Man On A Ledge is the same. As I’ve said earlier, we can only make a limited number of unique stories. This time, an ex-cop was accused of stealing a diamond. To prove his innocence, he went up in a high-rise building and stood on a ledge, making it appear he will commit suicide.
Nick Cassidy, the suicidal ex-cop thief, specifically requested for , as his negotiator. He studied her profile and so he put his faith on her that she will go through the end and help prove his innocence.
That’s where the similarity ends. This movie is full of secrets that in every turn there is a surprise waiting. The drama and the acting of all the characters were played well, keeping you glued on your seat.
The script was well written and there is heart-thumping action that makes you jump – and want to look away but you can’t. Near the end of the movie, you will realize how dangerous, risky, and impossible the whole operation was for Nick and his team… at this point a new appreciation will dawn on you, and you’ll feel that you were the poor man chearing and siding with him.
I’m giving this 8.9 out of 10 stars. Watch it, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.
Is a self-confessed bibliophile and technophile other than being an early adopter, an avid gamer, a geek, nerd, role-player, anime otaku, and trekker.
His first online project was in 1998 when he launched the unofficial website for Ansalon MUD (a text-based, telnet online game) and his own community forums Laibcoms.Community. By 2003 he created his work blog GM-Yukino which grew into gameshogun™, Snoworld™, and techmagus™ over the years.
Yuki’s latest project is Verses.Space™, a Free Culture / Creative Commons, collaborative, and shared-world, worldbuilding and writing project.
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