"Man on a Ledge" is like a hot dog. As long as you don't look too closely at what it's made of, it's reasonably enjoyable.
The purely escapist filmmaking from novice director Asger Leth looks at the efforts of former New York detective Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) to prove he's been falsely charged with the theft of a $40 million diamond. The falsely accused cop gambit has played plenty of times before, but it gets a fresh twist from its towering setting.
Cassidy's plan starts with stepping out on the ledge of a midtown hotel. This is all part of an elaborate scheme to prove that Cassidy never stole the diamond. He gets help with this plan from his brother (Jamie Bell) and his brother's feisty girlfriend (Genesis Rodriguez).
Although the majority of the movie takes place on a ledge high above the city, Leth never creates the strong sense of danger that should come with such a precarious setting. This movie should take the viewer to the edge, but it always pulls back before the anxiety and excitement reach full pitch.
The script by Pablo F. Fenjves falls apart under close scrutiny. There's no explanation as to how these average people can be so adept at high-tech larceny, which includes knowing everything from bomb making to safe cracking.