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The Ledge

(DVD - 2011)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Ledge
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Gavin is on the ledge. Hollis, who just learned that he is not the biological father of his children, has the task of talking Gavin down. Gavin reveals his deep-rooted conflict with his fundamentalist Christian neighbor Joe, whose theological opposition to Gavin was intensified by Gavin's gay roommate and later by Joe's wife's infidelity. The negotiations take a dramatic turn when Hollis learns that Gavin has a deadline, and his life is not the only one hanging in the balance.
Publisher: [United States] : IFC Films : MPI Home Video, [2011]
ISBN: 0788613960
Branch Call Number: LEDGE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Feb 10, 2013
  • megaculpa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An intelligent thriller with sharp dialogue and a philosophical twist. The four lead roles -- it's almost an ensemble piece -- are compelling and the actors give solid performances. A solid script, well-shot and neatly edited. But the movie crosses a few genres and doesn't conform to the usual stereotypes. So, it gets mixed reactions, like some of the ones below.

Agreed that Charlie Hunnam was not at his best but overall the movie was not that bad. It pulled me in and I remained engaged throughout. Good ending with Terence Howard's character. Stayed with me for a while.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I agree with others comments below - the film was "a bit off", and "one sided" (anti-Christian). Four characters: Joe, the domineering, unstable "Born Again" who's a fanatic about his FAITH; Gavin, the smug and damaged atheist homewrecker who's FAITHless; Shana, the fragile and misguided 'prize' for one of the two idiots above, who's unFAITHful; and Detective Hollis, the FAITHful family man who's losing his FAITH because HIS wife was unFAITHful. The whole premise felt forced... the dialogue - contrived. I thought Charlie Hunnam's acting as Gavin was flat and underwhelming (if not poor). He smirked when describing his daughter's violent death to Shana. Smirked! And not a HINT of emotion/panic from him the entire time he's facing his own death. Nothing. Simply nonchalantly shooting the breeze with the cop... Terence Howard, Patrick Wilson, and Liv Tyler, however, were very good. Actually, the best part of this movie (for me) was Liv Tyler's "sexy mouth" (etc.) :)

Almost from the beginning I could not believe - I could not suspend my disbelief - that these idiots were conducting themselves the way they did. Wooden acting, by already washed-up D-grade actors, flat, one-dimensional characters, badly written, tiresome in both the stupidity of the characters and the plot, pathetic in it's attempt at some kind of message, story or meaning. Not entertaining or enlightening - utter WASTE OF TIME.
This movie is a PIECE OF CRAP. Red State is a far better depiction of the Religous-Delusion-Meets-Rationality and it contains an excellent political commentary as well plus with Red State is was possible for me to suspend my disbelief.

Jan 03, 2012
  • roaddogg09 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I've been waiting months to see this and I finally have. I loved every minute of it.

The atheistic message is pronounced, but has everything to do with the story. Don't expect to be 'preached' at or anything, but the religious message is great. Being an atheist, I'm glad that a nonbeliever took center stage and the story was about the struggle between faith and rationality. The movie was wonderfully cast as well.

At the end, I had tears in my eyes. This was a powerful film about love and overcoming obstacles. This film may even make you view the world differently. And hey, the movie ended in a very unexpected way.

Nov 10, 2011
  • joseph rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Good - The last I saw Charlie Hunnam was in a ‘must see’ film from 2005 called Green Street Hooligans. He possesses screen presence which is a rare quality in most actors today. And he doesn’t disappoint in this tightly woven story that works on flashbacks to explain why he’s on a ledge about to commit suicide. The man that is delegated the responsibility in attempting to talk the jumper down is the soft spoken Terrence Howard, who comes to the job with his own life challenges. The film addresses salvation from the point of view of a fundamentalism to the divine act of forgiveness. A truly solid film from start to finish. It's the second film in as many nights that addresses the issue of some using Holy Scripture to judge others and to act in ways they think is appropriate.

Nov 03, 2011
  • jpozenel rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Certainly not the worst movie I've seen, but it did seem "a bit off" for some reason. If I could make the decision again, I would skip this one.

Oct 19, 2011
  • direwolf23 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Lighting is off. Music & cinematography seem cheap(makes sense on a $5 million budget). Characters are such cartoon cut-outs that you don't care if Hunnam jumps off the ledge or not.(especially the irrational bible-thumping fundamentalist "Christian" husband stereotype ). Anti-Christian animus too obvious, one-sided and boring to engage anyone with a brain. Decent actors wasted in a preachy diatribe. A real clunker. bleh No wonder it bombed.

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Dec 15, 2011
  • kkgreene rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

finally, something original. very under rated.

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