How far would you go to prove your innocence?Ex-cop Nick Cassidy was sent to jail, convicted of stealing, and destroying, a $40-million diamond from David Englander. He has just escaped from prison to embark on a daring heist: to stand in plain sight, while the crime he was convicted of is committed, and in so doing prove his innocence. He is willing to go as far as he needs to—in this case, to a ledge on the Roosevelt Hotel, 31 stories up.Man on a Ledge is a 2012 thriller film directed by Asger Leth, starring Sam Worthington, Jamie Bell, Elizabeth Banks and Ed Harris.
Man on a Ledge contains the following tropes:
- Acceptable Breaks from Reality: Lots. In the real world, a person will need to spend at least some time in the courtroom to clear their name. Also, a lot of actions taken by the characters would likely get them shot by police.
- Air-Vent Passageway: Several. The last one comes with a side order of Claustrophobia for poor Angie.
- Bilingual Bonus: Angie swears in Spanish twice.
- Broken Bird: Detective Mercer is haunted by memories of a fellow cop whose suicide she couldn't prevent.
- Camera Spoofing: Of the "Polaroid Punk" variety. Subverted in that the guards never catch on.
- Chekhov's Gun: The air bag that is placed down near the beginning of the movie, when the police think he's a potential suicide.
- Dirty Cop: Several of them; part of the plot is figuring out who they are.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: There is a man. He is on a ledge for much of the movie.
- Leap of Faith: Near the end, Nick takes a running leap off the ledge... and lands safely on the air bag the police put out an hour of movie-time ago.
- Ms. Fanservice: Angie...lots of close ups of T&A.
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Sam Worthington's character is perhaps the only New York cop with an Australian accent.
- Police Brutality: Officer Marcus assaults Joey while he is handcuffed.
- The Precarious Ledge: The film is pretty much built around this trope. The Protagonist spends a great deal of time standing on the ledge of a building over a city.
- Precision F-StrikeMercer: I know Cassidy's not on this ledge to say goodbye.Dougherty: Yeah? What's he saying?Mercer: "Fuck you."
- Primal Fear: Definitely the Heights and Falling sort. See also Air-Vent Passageway.
- Title Drop: Delivered by the NYPD desk sergeant."We need an emergency service unit at The Roosevelt, 45th and Madison. Shut down the block, we got a man on a ledge."