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Review: 'Man on a Ledge' is convoluted

By Keith Staskiewicz, EW.com
January 27, 2012 -- Updated 1920 GMT (0320 HKT)
Sam Worthington stars in
Sam Worthington stars in "Man on a Ledge."
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Sam Worthington is an escaped convict attempting to prove his innocence in "Man on a Ledge"
  • He climbs out onto a hotel ledge and creates a suicide spectacle/diversion
  • The filmmakers have tried to stuff the plots of too many different movies

(EW.com) -- For a film with such a straightforward title, "Man on a Ledge" turns out to be remarkably convoluted.

Poised precipitously atop a high-concept premise, Sam Worthington is an escaped convict attempting to prove his innocence in the most elaborate way possible: He climbs out onto a hotel ledge and creates a suicide spectacle/diversion that allows his brother (Jamie Bell) to steal a diamond from an iniquitous real estate baron played with a perpetual scowl by Ed Harris.

It's all ostensibly part of a master plan, as is his requesting Elizabeth Banks' beleaguered negotiator, but it feels as if the filmmakers have tried to stuff the plots of too many different movies into a single casing that's already overflowing with eye-rolling improbabilities.

Despite the occasional dumb fun -- especially with the heist portions -- the leap of logic required to make it all work is enough to leave your brain pancaked on the sidewalk. C

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