Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Man on a Ledge

There is a man on a ledge. The man in question being Nick Cassidy, a former cop. He is serving 25 years.

We’re taken one month earlier in time to Sing Song Correctional Facility, where Mike Ackermann is visiting Nick. Both were partners before Nick got arrested. Mike tells him that his father is dying. Nick is allowed to attend his father’s funeral later. And it is there that he makes his escape, after picking up a fight with his brother, Joey Cassidy.

Present day, we see Nick Cassidy checking into a room at Roosevelt Hotel and having a meal. He then proceeds to wipe his fingerprints off of everything and climbs onto the ledge at the 21st floor. He goes by the name of Walker now. Enter Detectives Dante Marcus and Jack Dougherty who have been assigned the case. Nick asks for a Detective Lydia Mercer and she is called up to handle the negotiation. In the hotel room, Nick leaves behind a statement, ‘I will exit this world as I entered-Innocent’.

From there on, we see the detectives struggling to find out Nick’s true identity. We also see a plan unfolding in a nearby building. Joey Cassidy and his girlfriend, Angie, enter it and make their way towards the safe. They are in contact with Nick, as he provides the necessary distraction by being on the ledge.

It is an exciting plot then, be it a far-fetched one. Yet it manages to grip and entertain. Enter a monarch diamond, which Nick had supposedly stolen off one David Englander. Joey and Angie have entered Englander’s building to show the world how he is still in possession of the diamond and that Nick was framed. The tale becomes complicated as we find out that cops were involved in framing Nick. Even his partner, Ackermann, turns out to be guilty.

Fast forward, and we see Nick finally proving his innocence. Turns out even his father is alive and the whole family had worked together to prove his innocence.

It was a good movie and had its moments. The elaborate plot to prove Nick’s innocence may sound a bit too much, but it served the purpose.

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