We all know how much I love Sam Worthington, but it’s not without good reason! The man is a rock star. And even though this movie does have a few cliches in it, plot-wise, it was still a fun ride.
Nick Cassidy (Worthington) has just escaped from prison, doing time for a high-profile robbery he claims he never committed. He finds his way onto a ledge outside one of New York’s most prominent historic hotels, under a phony name, of course, and threatens suicide. Jack Dougherty (my main man Eddie Burns!) and Lydia Mercer (another superhero, Elizabeth Banks) are the cops on the scene trying to talk him down. And, who better than Ed Harris to play our villain, David Englander, the man who claims to have been robbed of a very valuable diamond by Cassidy three years earlier.
The thing I love about a movie like this is its intricacy. One character is pulling all the strings while the others are just trying to keep up. It has a parity to a movie like Ocean’s Eleven, where the guys are all pulling the casino job and even the viewer doesn’t realize how they did it until the very end.
Cassidy has a plan. He isn’t just going to jump. That would be too easy. His brother and the brother’s girlfriend are going to break into Englander’s vault amid the commotion and retrieve the diamond that had supposedly been stolen, proving that it was in Englander’s possession all along, and further proving Nick’s innocence. However, while Nick works on the cops to buy his brother more time, the cops begin finding more clues as to his true identity and his motives, which makes them trust him less and feel less inclined to acquiesce to his requests (like that POTC ref I just threw in? :D).
I won’t give away the ending, but I will say that the movie played out well right up until the last five minutes or so. The last five minutes kind of suck in a “Jesus, Hollywood, did you really have to do that?” kind of way. Still, overall, it was a fun movie.
Admittedly, my buddy Ed Burns doesn’t have as much screen time or dialogue as is worthy of his talents, but it’s good to see him back on his home turf (NYC). Elizabeth Banks is awesome in this movie, showcasing her ability to play more than the dumb blonde, a role she gets way too often for how good and how terrifically funny she is. The only thing is, and I say this with love, the New York accent she puts on doesn’t suit her. It comes off a little phony.
I don’t think I’m physically capable of saying a bad word about Ed Harris. Bad guy or not, he rocks.
The real show stealer though, was the guy who plays Cassidy’s younger brother, Jamie Bell. He hasn’t had a ton of staring roles, save that of Billy Elliot over ten years ago, but he was a lot of fun to watch in this film. A funny, smart-alecky sort of role, but with the brains and chops to pull off a bigger chunk of screen time. Wonderful 🙂
Seeing as it had its predictable moments, and perhaps because I really detested the Hollywood way they ended it, I knocked one star off, but still, if you’re at all into thrillers, crime dramas, heist movies, or any of the aforementioned actors, by all means, see this movie!
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