The experienced cop Hollis is having a really, ''really'' bad day. First he finds out that he's sterile - so his two kids can't possibly be his own. And then there's this guy Gavin who is standing on a ledge, preparing himself to jump to his death. It seems like Gavin doesn't really want to die, but believes that someone else will die if he doesn't jump.

The whole thing is quickly revealed to be about a LoveTriangle. Two men, one woman, and it seems likely that ''at least one'' of the three is insane. Gavin and Joe are fighting over [[Creator/LivTyler Shana]]. Gavin is her employer and also an atheist, Joe is her husband and also an evangelical Christian. But is their conflict really about the woman, and is it really about their clashing beliefs?

The story is mostly a psychological drama with heavy focus on philosophy. Especially the interaction between worldview and self-image. The film also has an obvious thriller element, although this is a far smaller part of the story than the second scene would have the audience believe.

Because of its themes, the film was heavily promoted as one of the first in which the hero is an atheist which doesn't fit with the [[HollywoodAtheist existing preconceptions of atheists in fiction]]. The film's box office performance was lukewarm and its reception has been mixed to negative (14% on Website/RottenTomatoes).

Not to be confused with ''Film/ManOnALedge'' or Creator/StephenKing's [[Literature/{{Nightshift}} short story]].

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!!Has examples of:

* ActivistFundamentalistAntics: Taken to a very deadly level as Gavin is about to "die for his beliefs".
* AffablyEvil: Joe, other than being a fundamentalist Christian and some CondescendingCompassion, he is shown as being a very nice, affable and easy-going fellow... except when he loses his patience when [[BerserkButton debating religion]].
* AuthorTract: Pre-release marketing touted this film as atheist-friendly, since it was going to be one of the few movies to have an openly atheist hero that averted the HollywoodAtheist trope; also the director, Matthew Chapman, is the great-great grandson of CharlesDarwin.
* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: Living in his own personal world of strictly black and white morality, Joe has a life that is very good but also very fragile. When reality doesn't conform to his over-simplified world-view, everything crumbles.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: Shana explains that the reason she fell in love with Joe was because he took care of her and saved her from her lifestyle of drugs and prostitution to pay for it when nobody else would.
* BigotVsBigot: Joe is a StrawPolitical, Gavin is a DesignatedHero.
* BondageIsBad: One of the problems in the marriage between Joe and Shana is his desire to dominate her sexually. This desire for dominance is definitely not discussed in terms of SafeSaneAndConsensual. [[spoiler:Once he kidnaps his wife, his first priority is to get her BoundAndGagged. Naked, of course. The camera angles are very modest about this: the fetish fuel is for Joe only, not for the audience.]]
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler: Poor, poor Shana at the end of the film]].
* CardCarryingVillain: Joe, he is the fundamentalist Christian in a pro-atheist film.
* CrapsackWorld: Joe argues that the world is a crapsack, but his argument is quite egocentric. It's all about him having made bad choices in his life and living a shitty life until he found Christ.
* DeathIsCheap: {{Discussed}}. Joe claims to be brave on the basis that he will go to heaven when he dies, so that death doesn't really cost him anything. Gavin doesn't think that this is really brave at all; that it would be braver for someone like him who ''doesn't'' believe there's an afterlife to risk his life.
* DisproportionateRetribution: After Joe expresses [[CondescendingCompassion pity for Gavin's "empty life without God"]], Gavin decides to sabotage Joe and Shana's marriage.
* DontYouDarePityMe: Gavin does not take kindly to Joe worrying about Gavin living an empty life without God and ending up in hell.
* DownerBeginning: Hollis finding out that he is sterile, meaning that he is not the real father of his children, and that he must now try to talk Gavin out of suicide.
** DownerEnding: Although [[WordOfGod the director says]] they were aiming for a BittersweetEnding, this was the end result. See EsotericHappyEnding.
* DrivenToMadness: Joe, mostly because of Gavin's actions.
* EgocentricallyReligious: With Shana, it's merely that the nature of the universe conforms to her personal emotional needs. Joe takes things several steps further. The universe he lives in revolves around himself and his personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
* EntitledToHaveYou: Gavin sees himself as Shana's appointed savior from an oppressive life.
* TheFundamentalist: Gavin doesn't see Joe as having much personality beyond this trope. Shana does, however.
* GodIsEvil: {{Discussed}} by Gavin.
* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: The film attempts to portray Gavin and Shana's affair as a case of Good Adultery. Keyword being "attempts".
* [[spoiler: TheHeroDies]]
* HollywoodAtheist: {{Averted}} with Gavin, as mentioned above. He did suffer a great loss, but it isn't shown as having led him to his atheism.
* HomosocialHeterosexuality: It's really all about Gavin and Joe.
* HowWeGotHere: The movie starts with Gavin climbing over the ledge and Hollis trying to convince him to step down. Gavin then starts telling Hollis the story of the love triangle.
* LoversLedge: Twisted in a very cruel way. The choice of place for Gavin's upcoming death is no accident.
* LoveTriangle: Gavin and Joe fighting over Shana.
* ManipulativeBastard: Gavin straight out admits (and is shown) using emotional manipulation on Shana in order to make her fall for him.
* MistakenForGay: Gavin, when Joe assumes that he is in a gay relationship with his roommate.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Yeah Gavin, nice job [[spoiler: ruining the life of Shana in the end, in which she ends up all alone, with her marriage destroyed and her husband in jail. Although, all this cost you was your own life...]]
* OutGrownSuchSillySuperstitions: Gavin has, and tries to convince Shana of doing the same.
* PrayerOfMalice: This is how Gavin interprets Joe's prayer for gay people. [[spoiler:And that's how their conflict gets started: Joe mistakes Gavin for being gay, and Gavin reasserts his identity as a non-homophobic heterosexual by deciding that Shana is too good for Joe.]]
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Gavin's actions of deliberately destroying Joe and Shana's marriage (who were not doing anything wrong other than the husband's disapproval of atheism and gays) was based only on his idea of becoming Shana's "savior".
* PoorCommunicationKills: {{Lampshaded}} by Hollis: [[spoiler: If Gavin had just told him about the reason he was on the ledge from the beginning, he would have been able to inform the other police and stop Joe.]]
* ShootTheShaggyDog
* TakeThat: The opening shot shows a cross with a polluting oil refinery in the background... gee [[FauxSymbolism I wonder what it could possibly mean?]] Bonus points for revealing that Joe works in said refinery.
* ThePresentsWereNeverFromSanta: Gavin argues that Shana's inner strengths and weaknesses comes from herself, not from God or the Devil.
* SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny: In his past, Joe was led into the temptation of self-destructive and abusive sexual behavior. Also see BondageIsBad above.
* VillainousBreakdown: Joe starts acting unhinged only when he realizes that his wife Shana, has been cheating on him with Gavin.
* WhiteKnighting: Gavin rationalizes his actions and attempts to seduce Shana as saving her from an oppressive life.
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