Starring Charlie Hunnam, Liv Tyler & Terrence Howard
Written & Directed by Matthew Chapman
A brand new Tuesday is upon us here in the city of Toronto and that means one simple thing; those seven long days from Tuesday to Tuesday is over and a brand new slew of new releases are hitting video stores across the city. Available today from our friends at EOne films on DVD & Blu-Ray is an intense race against time thriller where the two opposing ideologies of two very different men come to odds in a fight for a beautiful woman. Get ready for “The Ledge”.
“The Ledge” brings us the story of Gavin (Hunnam) who after embarking on a passionate affair with his evangelical neighbor’s wife (Tyler), soon finds himself in a battle of wills with her husband (Patrick Wilson) that will have life or death consequences. Gavin is lured by his lover’s husband to the ledge of a high rise one morning and told he has until 12 noon to make a choice between his life and the one he loves. Without faith in an afterlife, will Gavin be able to make this decision? It’s up to police detective Hollis Lucetti whose facing his own personal crisis to save both their lives, but the clock is ticking…
Once in a while you come across a movie where you get the sense that the story just played a lot better on paper then it did in execution on the screen. With its fascinating premise, writer/director Matthew Chapman’s script asks all the right questions and hits the right buttons that a person in this situation would have to deal with, and as a masked attempt to deal with the issues surrounding fundamentalism and faith it kind of misses the mark. It drags a bit at times but never gets overly bogged down in the message while telling the story; the real problem is that none of the characters were all that likable.
Charlie Hunnam as Gavin is probably best recognized from the television show ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ isn’t ready to carry a movie as a lead. The entire premise of the film is him of the ledge, and when you don’t really care if the lead character jumps or not isn’t a great sign. With a strong supporting cast featuring Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson & Terrence Howard it is surprising that none of these actors could rise above the material enough to make you care. Nobody was terrible, but without any established emotional connection to the characters you just couldn’t get invested in the story.
At the end of the day, “The Ledge” was a film with a great premise but poor executed with a lead actor that wasn’t quite ready for top billing. In different hands it might have been something, but that is an argument for a different time.
1 out of 5 stars.
“The Ledge” is available at video stores across Toronto; click here for a list of some of the finer ones around town.
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