Movie Review: MAN ON A LEDGE (4K Ultra HD Combo Pack)

MAN ON A LEDGE was directed by Asger Leth from a screenplay by Pablo F. Fenjves and stars Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Genesis Rodriguez, Anthony Mackie, Edward Burns, Titus Welliver, Kyra Sedgwick and Ed Harris.

Man on a Ledge follows ex-cop Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) who escapes from prison to plan the ultimate heist; steal a $40 million diamond from cutthroat businessman David Englander (Ed Harris), and in the process prove his own innocence. From the ledge of the famous Roosevelt Hotel with the whole world watching, Cassidy plays a clever game of cat and mouse with the NYPD while his dutiful brother Joey (Jamie Bell) races against the clock to extract the diamond and clear his brother’s name.

This 2012 action-thriller follows Nick Cassidy, an ex-cop who was convicted for stealing this valuable diamond from David Englander. The thing is, he didn’t do it. What happens is, when Nick finds out his father has passed, he’s allowed to go to the small funeral where he meets up with his younger brother Joey and his girlfriend Angie (Genesis Rodriguez) and this is when things heat up because Nick swipes a gun from a cop and makes his escape. The next thing you see is Nick walking into a high-rise hotel where he gets a room on the 21st floor where he eats a feast of a last meal and then he climbs out on the ledge. Nick quickly gets the attention from people down on the street as well as the NYPD but when negotiator Jack Dougherty (Edward Burns) shows up, Nick makes a request for negotiator Lydia Mercer (Elizabeth Banks) who arrives to listen to his story and try to talk the jumper back inside.

What they don’t know is that there’s something going on a few buildings down because Joey and Angie have snuck in to steal the real diamond from the sleazy tycoon who framed Nick so he could cash in on the insurance money. So what Nick is actually doing is buying them some time while he draws attention to himself but when the police finally get his identity it becomes a race against time for them to swipe the valuable jewel. On top of this, Nick confesses to Lydia why he’s actually doing this but convinces her that he’s innocent so she plays along and buys him a little more time. It all comes down to who outwits who and in the end Nick and his allies are able to beat the clock and expose David Englander as well as the crooked cops involved with him. In the end, it looks like Nick and Lydia have hit it off, Joey proposes to Angie with a big rock and we find out that their pops is still alive and was actually a part of the heist – we just didn’t know it at the time.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. These Ultra HD movies all come in black keep cases which helps them easily standout from the popular blue cases that have been around since day one. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The UHD disc features some matching artwork and the Blu-ray disc is light blue with the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this 4K upgrade were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release. Experience four times the resolution of full HD with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes Dolby Vision HDR, bringing entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. Additionally, the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray feature Dolby Atmos® audio mixed specifically for the home, to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead.

Bottom line is, I enjoyed revisiting Man on a Ledge which is a fun popcorn action-thriller even though it’s way over-the-top, so much so, Ethan Hunt would be proud. This ex-cop and his family risk everything to clear his name and go to extreme measures in doing so. Sure, there’s a few plot holes in the flawed story but it’s the cast that drives this fast-paced thriller and the fact that this man stands on the ledge of a building through the majority of the movie is surprisingly exciting. Sam Worthington does a great job as the lead and he actually stood on this ledge which makes the movie even more of an entertaining watch. By the way, Sam Worthington is a highly underrated actor and deserves more big roles. Elizabeth Banks also does a great job with ther character who slowly becomes a helpful asset as the movie plays out. Last but not least, Ed Harris is always good in any role he tackles and here he’s fantastic as the villainous tycoon. Man on a Ledge was actually the directorial debut for Asger Leth and I thought he did a really good job capturing everything he needed to make this movie an exciting action-thriller. Man on a Ledge will be available on a 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital) on April 9th and is priced to own.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 102 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

4K UHD Video: 2160p Ultra High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.85:1)

4K UHD Audio: English Dolby Atmos / English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widscreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include a behind-the-scenes featurette, trailer with commentary and a digital copy of the movie.

  • “The Ledge” featurette – This behind-the-scenes featurette shows how they pulled off the intense ledge scenes. (15:17)
  • Trailer commentary by Elizabeth Banks – Describes what the movie offers as the trailer plays. (02:32)
  • Digital Copy

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