Review: Man on a Ledge

Elizabeth Banks and Sam Worthington in Man on a Ledge.

Either push him or push me

Rating: *

A man checks in at Roosevelt Hotel, NYC, heads to the top floor and stands on the ledge, ready to jump. But, he’s not jumping anywhere. He’s just attracting public attention. What’s funnier is that he will speak to only one negotiator, a blonde named Lydia whose last case was a failure. So, Lydia decides to save this bloke and earn back her lost fame in convincing lunatics from taking the fall.

Elizabeth Banks alongside Genesis Rodriguez do their bit in plunging necklines and bustier tops to spike the blood levels of an emphatically bored audience. This film has Sam Worthington in the leading role while other talents such as Anthony Mackie, Jamie Bell and Ed Harris are stripped down to slobbering emotions and close-up shots of grimaces. The level of insanity, the writer (Pablo Fenjves) introduces is haunting as he brings up one good point: Everything was a beautiful setup by the protagonist.

At some point, the plan doesn’t work out and the hurried antics of the protagonist become more like the hotel scene in The Bourne Supremacy. And the icing on the cake is a subplot about two buddy cops who turn enemies under the line of corruption and how it revels the viewers as we see the bad cop beg for forgiveness at the time of his death. Oh please! We don’t need Kleenex, we need a loaded shotgun.

Man on a Ledge just doesn’t end up as a suicidal maniac’s call for innocence, it moves on as a thriller that includes chases through the long and empty corridors of the hotel. I wonder if Roosevelt Hotel served as one of the producers for the film. Well, the least they could do for uncalled product placement is serve the actors their finest lobster meal.

Man on a Ledge is surprising awful. Okay, the plunging necklines were worthy but not for the price I paid.

Review: Terminator Salvation

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Return Of The Future And T800s

Terminator Salvation (PG-13)

Director: McG

Cast: Christian Bale, Sam Worthington.

Rating: ***

Furious action from the first frame to the last. You can’t find a second to let your eyes rest. That’s McG’s Terminator Salvation. The film is amazingly believable. It makes sense to the first film. We really are happy to see Dark Knight fight without a mask. Undergoing a rapid changeover, the film is not your usual time travel and hunt for the Connors. It is set in the future and depicts the war between Skynet and humanity. The film offers you a leg up on how the first film was formed. That’s an amazing thing to notice. Secondly, all events of the first film happen with a reason.

If there was Shoot ‘Em Up which had Clive Owen shooting men here and there, we have Terminator Salvation where Christian Bale shoots the machines here and there. Accompanied by heavy animation, the film seems to be yet another big task for Industry Lights & Magic.

The film is full of action as I said and it moves in an amazing speed. But, McG does give way to those regular speed bumps. Terminator Salvation also has a fresh cast. Christian Bale is John Connor, Bryce Dallas Howard plays Kate Connor and Anton Yelchin plays a teenage Kyle Reese. Thus, McG’s new cocktail seems to be full of energy.

Helen Bonham Carter’s cameo in the beginning is a better laid one. Bryce Dallas Howard replaces Claire Danes in this film as Kate Connor. Ms. Howard must know that Claire Danes’ Kate Connor was blonde and not redhead. Moon Bloodgood’s tomboyish Blair Williams is yet another waste in Terminator Salvation.

The story opens with a death row inmate, Marcus Wright offering his body to a medical research following his execution by lethal injection. The film moves onto to 2018 where John Connor is leading the resistance in a raid against Skynet. At the same time, Marcus Wright returns to life and finds the world to be new. He then joins Kyle Reese as they head to the Resistance HQ. Marcus’ allies change one by one as he reaches John Connor. Twists and turns lead to new paths and cause more jeopardy.

Sam Worthington’s metallic acting and Christian Bale’s stainless steel looks make them think that they’re soldiers of the Salvation Army but definitely cannot be accepted as an actor. Bale’s grunts are a little irritating though.

Terminator Salvation has an amazing screenplay. The plot points are remarkable ones. The BGM by Danny Elfman is another boon to the film. The dark beats are certainly the best of his scores following his soothing tunes in Milk. McG has pulled off a remarkable performance and has noted the depth of each Terminator film.

Terminator Salvation is certainly THE movie for the fans. It’s got Bale, Worthington and others. It’s got McG leading them all. It’s got a hell load of graphics to keep your eyes moving. It is worth a watch.