Sam Worthington

Sam Worthington

Story by DOUGLAS TSENG

Starring: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris

Directed by: Asger Leth

Why watch it: That Avatar bloke and Tintin try to steal US$30 million worth of bling!

The low-down: A fugitive (Sam Worthington) tries to clear his name by feigning a suicide attempt jumping off the ledge of a Manhattan hotel. And while the cops are distracted by the commotion, his brother (Jamie Bell) is busy executing a monster diamond heist in a building across the street.

The buzz: Everything you need to know about the movie is in the title really. Like 127 Hours, Man on a Ledge — by acclaimed Danish auteur Asger Leth, making his Hollywood debut — is an action movie about a, er, man trapped in a static position for hours. Except no one is performing any impromptu amputation with a jack knife. You’ll still puke, though — especially if you’re an acrophobe. If Tom Cruise dangling from the Burj Khalifa in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol makes you nervous, then you’re going have to have a problem with this literally suspenseful thriller, because a huge chunk of it, and not just one sequence, takes place high above the pavement. (It’s a pity it isn’t shot in IMAX.) Elsewhere, for cynics who still don’t buy Sam Worthington as a leading man, it’s nice to see the Aussie actually flexing his acting muscles in a CG-free flick which doesn’t involve him climbing trees as a giant blue monkey or clashing with Greek deities in a skirt. It helps, too, that he’s surrounded by an impressive ensemble. Not convinced? Check out the trailer.

Opens: Feb 23, 2012